Posted On: 01/20/21 2:19 PM

The Division 7 state championship features two dynasties that have largely dominated the division since the early 2000s. Traverse City St. Francis captured state championships in 03’, 05’, 08’ and 09’, going 84-8 from 2003 to 2009. New Lothrop then carried the torch as the division’s most accomplished program, going 120-11 from 2010 to the present day, winning a state title in 18’.

Both teams played in hard-fought semifinals to get to Ford Field as Traverse City St. Francis won in a 13-12 dogfight over Cass City and New Lothrop played in its closest game of the season, defeating Schoolcraft 36-21. Few programs across the state have had as much success as St. Francis and New Lothrop in the past 20 years, setting up for what should be a great state championship. Below, I’ll break down the top prospects from each team, keys to the game, and my prediction.

Playoff Road

New Lothrop (10-0 Mid-Michigan Activities Conference): Pre-District: Bye, District Semi: Defeated Burton Bendle 63-16, District Final: Defeated Bath 56-12, Regional Final: Defeated Detroit Loyola 41-7, Semifinal: Defeated Schoolcraft 36-21.

Traverse City St. Francis (9-2, Northern Michigan Football League - Legends) Pre-District: Defeated L’Anse 65-7, District Semi: Defeated Harbor Springs

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