"The Lake" Football Preview: Glen Lake is unbeaten, TCSF fightin - Northern Michigan's News Leader

"The Lake" Football Preview: Glen Lake is unbeaten, TCSF fighting for playoffs

Posted: Updated:

Every Thursday afternoon, The Lake Michigan Football Report and 9&10 News will bring you an in-depth look at one of the biggest local high school football games of the week. This week, "The Lake" gets us ready for the Week 8 match up between Traverse City St. Francis and Glen Lake.

Going for an unbeaten regular season with just two games left, 7-0 Maple City Glen Lake hasn't played in a game like this since 2001.  4-3 Traverse City St. Francis is trying to maintain a streak of playoff appearances that dates back to the 1980s. Despite their proximity, these schools haven't played since that 2001 season, when Glen Lake beat St. Francis in the regular season then again in the playoffs, which the Gladiators sneaked into with a 5-4 mark.

St. Francis could conceivably take the five-win rout again, but why leave it up to computers when you can take care of it between the lines? That's what the Glads did last week, with what they hope was a season-changing 13-6 win over favored Saginaw Nouvel (whose only other L is to loaded Flint Powers). Prior to beating Nouvel, TCSF endured losses to schools they don't usually lose to, Kingsley, Grayling and Boyne City. St. Francis' main problem on the field is a lack of team speed. But this is still a team that will hit you hard with a strong front seven, led by junior Big Ten recruits Byron Bullough and Jake Khoury, and another tough junior up front in Jake Brodeur. Their power running game is built perfectly for winning on the Leelanau Peninsula in mid October.

The Lakers clinched the Northwest Conference title last week with a 15-12 defeat of Frankfort. Prior to that, they'd blown out teams. Now in coach Jerry Angers third season, Glen Lake has been building towards this since getting a five-win bid in 2010. It's been an even longer path for five fourth-year seniors: Curtis Bunek, Mike O'Brien, Matt Omerza, Dale Pleva and Tyler Stachnik. O'Brien, a 6-3, 210 linbebacker and tight end, and Omerza, a 6-2, 290 lineman, have the strength to bang heads with the Gladiators. Stachnik is a playmaker in the defensive backfield.

When they have the ball, like St. Francis, Glen Lake will look to run, with junior QB Carter Lee, senior Anthony Czapek and junior Trevor Apsey the primary threats. Apsey, a 5-11, 185 junior, could be the game-changer here, as he's a special teams threat and faster than anyone St. Francis has.

For more weekly game breakdowns, player rankings, and in-depth recruiting analysis, check out The Lake Michigan Football Report's web site at http://lakemichiganfootballreport.com.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Assessing Spring Storm Damage

    Assessing Spring Storm Damage

    Monday, April 14 2014 2:13 PM EDT2014-04-14 18:13:04 GMT
    Credit: Katy MarshlafiffCredit: Katy Marshlafiff
    Most of the heavy rain has ended, now people across Northern Michigan are beginning to assess the damage and start cleanup.   Mecosta and Osceola counties were hit the hardest.   You can see the weekend
    Most of the heavy rain has ended, now people across Northern Michigan are beginning to assess the damage and start cleanup.   Mecosta and Osceola counties were hit the hardest.   You can see the weekend
  • UPDATE: Knysz Declared Brain Dead Following Suicide Attempt

    UPDATE: Knysz Declared Brain Dead Following Suicide Attempt

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 12:05 PM EDT2014-04-16 16:05:41 GMT
    Breaking news tonight, 9&10 News learned convicted murderer Eric Knysz tried to hang himself in prison. We have confirmed Knysz is now on life support. Knysz was just sentenced last week to life in prison
    UPDATE: 9 & 10 News has just confirmed that convicted murderer Eric Knysz has been declared brain dead.

    Knysz was on life support after the suicide attempt that took place Monday afternoon.
  • Power Shut Off In Clare Co. Township For Flooding Concerns

    Power Shut Off In Clare Co. Township For Flooding Concerns

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 3:42 PM EDT2014-04-16 19:42:16 GMT
    Flooding along the Muskegon River in Redding Township is creating a dangerous situation for crews.  As a result, Clare County emergency officials and Great Lakes Energy have begun shutting off power to
    Flooding along the Muskegon River in Redding Township is creating a dangerous situation for crews.  As a result, Clare County emergency officials and Great Lakes Energy have begun shutting off power to