TC Central Preps to Defend Big North Title
TRAVERSE CITY – On the heels of its first undefeated regular season since winning the 1988 Class A state title, the Traverse City Central football program opened its 2016 season Monday morning with its first practice.
Winning their first Big North Conference title since 2012 last fall, the Trojans and second-year coach Eric Schugars know they’re the team to beat in 2016.
“I know that a lot of teams in the BNC are really focusing on us this year, so it just means that we have to work that much harder, and we’re trying to show that to the underclassmen, that ‘hey, we’re a target,” senior wide receiver/quarterback Devante Walker said. “We’re good, and we want to carry this out, so you guys have got to bring up your level of play.”
“It definitely gives you something to work with, and work for, because you know people are coming for you,” added senior Ben Sherwin.
With a BNC title in its back pocket last year, Central qualified for the postseason for the sixth time since 1988, losing to Muskegon in a Division 2 pre-district.
With its sights set on a lengthier postseason run, Central has scheduled a pair of challenging non-conference tilts against Portage Central (Sept. 16) and perennial state power Birmingham Brother Rice (Oct. 14). Portage Central has made the postseason nine times since 2006, reaching the Division 2 state finals in 2013, while Brother Rice has nine state championships to its credit.
“We want to push to be a good team all around the state, so we need to work that much harder,” senior wide receiver/safety Terrell Solberg said.
The Trojans kick off their season on the road at Bay City Western on Aug. 25.