Lake City Primed for Another Big Year

LAKE CITY – One of the best stories on the high school football scene in northern Michigan last year came out of Lake City.

The storybook year included the Trojans capturing their first Highland Conference championship since 1989, a program-record 12 wins and the team’s first appearance in a state semifinal.

With the 2018 season set to begin, Lake City is challenging itself with a non-conference schedule full of playoff-caliber teams. Three of Lake City’s four non-conference opponents (Harrison, Lakeview and Kent City) reached the playoffs a year ago while Sanford Meridian made 12 playoff appearances from 2002-2015.

“It’s a better feeling knowing there’s not a bunch of holes everywhere,” Lake City senior Nate Knapp said. “I mean, obviously replacing (Zach) Noren’s a big hole. But I mean some of our secondary is gone, but returning what we have, I think we definitely have a great start. Something to build off of.”

With a team brimming with experience and an offensive line paving the way, the Trojans believe they’re ready for whatever comes their way in 2018.

“It’s almost more pressure that we have expectations to be what we were last year,” Lake City senior Miles McLeod said. “I mean, we did lose some players but we are returning a bunch of our linemen, our big linemen. We’re returning a lot of skill guys, too, but there’s definitely some pressure on us.”

Lake City kicks off its year at Harrison on Friday, Aug. 24. The Trojans won last year’s meeting, 46-20.

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