TC Christian Moves Back to 8-man for 2016
TRAVERSE CITY – After consecutive winless seasons, the Traverse City Christian football program is dropping back down to the 8-man level for the first time since its inaugural season in 2010.
The Sabres spent their initial two seasons at the 8-man level, competing in the Bridge Alliance Football League before moving up to 11-man and joining the Mid-State Activities Conference North division and Northwestern Six Football League, respectively.
TC Christian, along with first-year coach Steve Strasko, will go for the school’s first win since Week 5 of the 2013 season as a charter member of the newly-formed Midwest Central Michigan 8-player Football League this fall.
The Sabres are joined alongside by Manistee Catholic Central, Brethren, Forest Area, Marion and Big Rapids Crossroads, with Brethren and Forest Area making the move to 8-man this season.
"Right now, we’re working really fundamentally, we’re making sure they understand the change. Making sure blocking scheme changes between having five guys on the line of scrimmage versus seven,” Strasko said. “We’re just really pounding the individual drills right now and we’re really working on footwork and a lot of those individual drills. Slowly implementing a new offense and a new defense, that’s going to free up a few players, some of our best athletes to make more plays."
TC Christian opens its season at home, hosting Brethren on Aug. 27.