TC St. Francis Sets Sights on Seventh State Title
TRAVERSE CITY – Traverse City St. Francis opened its second stint under the direction of Josh Sellers with a statement last year, going 12-1 and advancing to a Division 6 state semifinal.
Now the Gladiators have their sights set on claiming the program’s seventh state championship and first since 2009.
St. Francis will first have to migrate its way through an increasingly tough slate in the Northern Michigan Football Legends division. The defending conference champions will face off against Kingsley, Kalkaska, Grayling, Cheboygan, Elk Rapids, Boyne City and Benzie Central.
"We understand that there’s a process to go through and you don’t just, you know, throw your helmet out there and say, ‘hey, here we are, give us the trophy.’ But kids are motivated,” Sellers said. “The goals that we have are to win the conference which will be a challenge in of itself, hopefully host some playoff games, and go ahead and take a shot at it at Ford Field Thanksgiving weekend."
The Gladiators will once again sport one of the area’s best running games.
"Our biggest strength is definitely our running game, it always has been,” senior Matthew Biggar said. “This year especially we brought a lot of guys back on offensive line which has really helped us with our running game, so we should be tough this year."
St. Francis opens its season at Marquette on Aug. 26. The Gladiators shut out the Redmen in 2015, 42-0.