TC West Eyes 3rd Straight Big North Title
TRAVERSE CITY – Two-time defending Big North Conference champion Traverse City West enters 2019 riding a 14-game conference win streak.
The Titans reached the playoffs for a third straight year last fall, falling to Rockford 18-13 in a Division 1 district opener.
While West’s offense was by no means high powered in 2018, its defense allowed just 10.9 point per game while eight of West’s 10 games were settled by seven points or less.
“This is a year where we can see the offense catch up to the aggression that everyone knows about our defense,” West coach Greg Vaughan said. “Our special teams are aggressive, our defense is aggressive, and I think our offense needs to be aggressive too. It just fits the mentality that we’re trying to get after.”
West hasn’t dropped a league game since falling to rival Traverse City Central, 10-8, in Week 3 of the 2016 season.
“I just think we’re really mean,” West senior Jake Klassen said, “I think, you know, going through the whole lineup, I think that we’ve got a lot of mean players, and it’s a lot of fun to watch. And you’ve got a lot of people that really want to win, and I think that’s the most important thing in football.”
West opens its season on the road at 2018 Division 2 state semifinalist Midland on Thursday, Aug. 29. The Titans won last year’s meeting 17-15.