Traverse City Central Football Ready for New Challenges in 2022
TRAVERSE CITY — Traverse City Central had one of its best seasons in program history in 2021, going 12-2 and making a trip to the state finals for the first time since 1988.
The Trojans lost a great senior class from last year, loaded with athletes such as Notre Dame commit Josh Burnham and nearly their entire offensive line. But they have some athletes back.
Josh Klug will step in at quarterback, while Reed Seabase, who rushed for more than 1,000 yards last year, returns at running back.
“Obviously, after last year, it’s like going to be hard to match that, but we’re we’re out here working every day to make sure we get a chance back at that,” Seabase said.
Adding to that challenge will be a new conference. The Trojans will play in their first year in the Saginaw Valley after going three straight years without losing in the Big North Conference.
“We know that it’s tougher, yes, but we’re looking at that as a plus,” Klug said. “Just to get better as competition gets better.”
Last year, the Trojans had five opponents classified in Division 3 and one in Division 4, leaving just three opponents in Divisions 1 or 2. This season, they will now seven of their nine opponents in Divisions 1 or 2. The other two are in Division 3.
“If you look at our schedule, you know, all that’s new for our players, but the expectations are still there,” Central head coach Eric Schugars said. “The expectations remain the same, the standards are there. And again, the challenge for our guys is to meet those standards.”
The Trojans will seek their third straight regional title this season. They’ll start the season at Ferris State against St. Joseph on Aug. 26.