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Kyle Smith Takes Over at Lake City

LAKE CITY – After a period of uncertainty last month, the Lake City football program is back on track with a new coach leading the way.

The Trojans were left without a coach when Tim Peterson resigned in late July, but found their man in Kyle Smith, who was initially to serve as the program’s JV coach this season.

“It’s really nice. It’s kind of actually relaxing and a little bit comforting, because if we would’ve lost everyone, it would have hurt us,” senior Justin Balcer said. “Knowing that we got these young coaches and these older coaches, we still get to do our old thing, but we get a little bit of the new stuff with the new coach.”

The Trojans clinched their seventh postseason bid in nine seasons a year ago with wins over Lincoln Alcona and Newberry in the final two weeks. It marked Lake City’s ninth trip to the playoffs since 2000 and 10th all time.

“Coach Peterson really laid a great foundation for this program and set the bar high, but you know, the kids are always up for the challenge, and you know, that’s why we’re here at two-a-days,” Smith said. “That’s why we’re here busting our butts every single day.”

Lake City opens its season at Harrison on Aug. 26. The Trojans also have additional non-league games against Sanford Meridian (Sept. 1), Lincoln Alcona (Oct. 14) and Morley Stanwood (Oct. 21).

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