Glen Lake Eyes Second State Title

MAPLE CITY – Despite a 20-year state finals absence, the Glen Lake football program finds itself well prepared for Friday’s Division 6 title game against No. 5 Jackson Lumen Christi.

Finishing runner-up in the Northern Michigan Football League Leaders division, the sixth-ranked Lakers (11-2) have been playing playoff football all season and have been tested throughout by the likes of Traverse City St. Francis, Frankfort and Calumet.

“Our chemistry has come a long way,” Glen Lake senior Duke Angers said. “We always started out strong, but I think we got stronger as the year came on. It was an ‘us-against-the-world mentality.’ We’ve played a ton of different teams that we have had to overcome, including some very good playoff teams that we just had to overcome and get mentally stronger as a unit.

After struggling offensively the last two seasons, combining to score just 215 points, the Lakers have found their rhythm this year, outscoring opponents 442-132 and scoring 40 or more points in five games. 

“We’ve definitely become a lot better throughout the year,” Glen Lake senior Josh Zientek said. “Those losses made our team better. All of the games, we’ve just gotten better and better.”

Kickoff Friday from Ford Field is set for 4:30 p.m.

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