T.C. St. Francis Mounts Impressive Comeback, Falls Short in the State Finals 42-35

DETROIT — In Traverse City St. Francis’ first state title appearance since 2009, the Gladiators’ season ended at the hands of New Lotrhop, falling 42-35 in the Division 7 state title game at Ford Field.

At halftime the Yellow Jackets lead the Gladiators by 28 points. But, T.C. St. Francis mounted an impressive comeback and held their opponent to just seven points in the second half.

Although it was a tough loss for this team in the state championship game, the Gladiators should feel proud of their impressive postseason run and making it back to the state finals game for a 10th time in program history.

“Down 35-7, we’re in the locker room and I told the kid you had two choices,” T.C. St. Francis football coach Josh Sellers said. “You can pack up the tent stakes and go home now or you can go out and try to win the second half. And we did. They did. They won the second half with great effort. Great belief in one another. We just fell a little bit short today.”

“We’ve been a team that has been known to battle back and never get up,” T.C. St. Francis Senior Aidan Schmuckal said. “Going into that second half, I knew that we weren’t going to give up and we were going to fight until the end and that’s what we did.”

Traverse City St. Francis ends its season with a record of 9-3 after starting the year 1-2.

Traverse City St. Francis 2020 Season Results (9-3)
Sault Ste. Marie 7-14
Grayling 42-20
Kingsley 23-36
Cheboygan 49-0
Ogemaw Heights 35-14
Jackson Lumen Christi 21-20
L’Anse 65-7
Harbor Springs 35-8
Charlevoix 44-32
Oscoda 2-0
Cass City 13-12

New Lothrop 35-42

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