Central Lake Preps for State Title Defense

CENTRAL LAKE – After a historic 2017 campaign, the Central Lake football program has its sights set on defending its state championship.

In their first season as the 8-player level, the Trojans, long a co-op program with Ellsworth, rolled to a 13-0 season en route to handing Deckerville a 32-30 defeat in the MHSAA Division 1 8-Player title game.

“We’re probably going to do what we did last year,” Central Lake senior Skyler Spangler said. “We took one game at a time. We never looked too far ahead. We’re trying to just keep the same chemistry that we had last year. We got a lot of new kids, and we just want to have what we had last year, team-chemistry wise.”

Winners of the Midwest Central Michigan 8-Player Football Conference a year ago, Central Lake ran through its schedule a year ago, outscoring opponents 672-297.

“It’s a new season. That’s how I’m taking it,” Central Lake senior Grant Papineau said. “Just put last year in the back, and on to the next. We’ve had that year to, you know, get used to everyone’s, that’s what they know now. All through the season, not just adjusting at the beginning like last year, so I think it will help us out.”

Central Lake welcomes in former Ski Valley Conference foe Onaway on Thursday, Aug. 23. The Trojans recorded a 28-14 win in the last meeting in 2014.

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