Glen Lake Heading to Ford Field for First Time

MAPLE CITY – For just the third time in team history, the Glen Lake football program finds itself playing for a state championship.

With a 34-20 win over Pine River Saturday in a state semifinal, the sixth-ranked Lakers (11-2) punched their first ticket to the state finals since falling to Pittsford in the 1996 Class DD title game.

Glen Lake will go for its second state championship Friday, when it faces No. 5 Jackson Lumen Christi (11-2) in the Division 6 title game at Ford Field.

“After that victory on Saturday, standing on that field, saying, ‘Oh, my God, we made it. We’re going.’ I think the biggest thing, it’s not only that we’re not going there to play, that we had the opportunity to get there,” Glen Lake coach Jerry Angers said “We’re going there to win a football game.”

Winners of the 1994 Class DD state championship, Glen Lake has reached the top with wins over Tawas (22-0), No. 8 Roscommon (36-12), No. 4 Calumet (14-0) and Pine River (34-20).

“All the guys worked so hard in the playoffs and the offseason,” Glen Lake senior Duke Angers said. “It’s something that we feel that we deserve. It’s really a dream come true. I mean when you grow up as a kid, you always dream about going on the stage, going on the big stage, TV, playing on Ford Field. Definitely a big step for our program.”

Kickoff Friday is slated for 4:30 p.m.

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