Kingsley, T.C. St. Francis Set to Battle for Conference in Game of the Week
KINGSLEY – Traverse City St. Francis and Kingsley are gearing up to battle for a conference championship on Friday night, as the only two undefeated teams left in the Northern Michigan Football Conference-Legends.
“Two undefeated teams, you don’t really get that often. We get a conference title too. I’m just super pumped and I think the guys around me are super pumped, too,” said T.C. St. Francis senior Gabe Olivier.
The two powerhouse programs face off in the final game of the regular season in the 15th overall meeting. Both the Gladiators and the Stags enter 8-0 overall and 6-0 in the conference.
The only other time the pair met in the last game of the regular season was in 2015.
“Number one, (it) is a chance to play for the conference championship. Kingsley’s had that for the last couple years and that’s something that we’re trying to bring back to town if we can. I think it’s gonna be a good measuring stick even though it’s week nine. So expect to have a heck of a game out there this Friday and may the best team win,” said T.C. St. Francis head football coach Josh Sellers.
“(St. Francis is) a great team obviously, so it’s going to be a battle no matter what. It’s the last regular season game and maybe the last opportunity to play at home again,” said Kingsley senior Connor Schueller.
Last year’s point differential was 13 points, with Kingsley winning 36-23. The last time the game was decided by fewer points was in 2005 when Kingsley won 27-22.
Kingsley has won this matchup and the NMFC-Legends title the last two years. Before that, St. Francis beat the Stags five straight times and last won the division in 2018.
With Friday night’s winner staying unbeaten heading into the playoffs and walking away with a conference title, this game means everything.
“It’s 8-0 versus 8-0, that doesn’t happen very often. A league championship is very important to our program. We’ve been very fortunate to win the last two and we’d like to three, but we realize that we’ve got an incredible task in front of us with a quality St. Francis team,” said Kingsley head football coach Tim Wooer.
“I just think that both teams have a lot of depth. We both play very similar brands of football, physical football. That’s what you’re gonna see on Friday night and I really look forward to it,” said T.C. St. Francis senior Charlie Peterson.
Tune in for pregame coverage starting at 6 p.m. Friday night and stick around for highlights and postgame sound from the winner on Sports Overtime at 11 p.m.