St. Francis Embarks on Historic Season

TRAVERSE CITY – With a strong tradition of excellence, the Traverse City St. Francis football program has been left with a bitter taste in its mouth the last two seasons.

After reaching the Division 6 state semifinals in 2015, the Gladiators fell by three points to eventual state champion Pewamo-Westphalia in a Division 7 regional final a season ago.

Going 23-2 over the last season seasons, the four-time defending Northern Michigan Football League Legends champions have adopted the motto “Finish the Fight,” as they seek their first state title since 2009.

“I think we’ve got a lot of kids who are going to be hungry for grass time, because there’s going to be a lot of competition in practice with 34 varsity players,” coach Josh Sellers said. “We can only put 11 on the field at a time.  So, I think that competition is going to bring out the best in us.”

Despite graduating many key skill players, the offense is in the capable hands of a veteran quarterback who has four starting linemen returning in front of him.

“I just think that we’re a really close group, and we bonded really well, and I think it’s going to be a good year,” St. Francis senior Cole Julian said.

St. Francis hosts Class A Marquette at Thirlby Field on Friday, Aug. 25. A win over the Redmen will give the Gladiators their 500th as a varsity program.

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