By Mike Moore
Jackson — It’s a week like any other, from practice times and locations to what should be eaten, and not eaten, the night before game day.
Lumen Christi football coach Herb Brogan’s been through it before, and the long-time sideline general welcomes the challenge once again.
The Titans are going for a ninth state title in program history, and the seventh with Brogan at the helm.
The team is set to face Maple City Glen Lake at 4:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon at 4:30 p.m.
“It’s obviously pretty exciting for everyone,” Brogan said. “The nerves are up. The butterflies will be up. That’s human nature.”
So the key, Brogan said, is trying to keep everything in perspective, and somewhat normal, as impossible as that may be.
The Titans practiced at the Michigan State University indoor facility Tuesday and then did likewise at the University of Michigan Wednesday as they prep for the indoor feel, and noise, Ford Field will offer.
“What we’re trying to do is make the focus of Friday the fact we’re playing for a state championship, not that we’re playing at Ford Field,” Brogan said. “It’s exciting to be there, but we’re trying to take that aspect out of the equation. The venue is not important. The game itself is.”
The team will meet Thursday morning for a walk through before parting ways for the holiday for a few hours.
A few hours of restraint, Brogan hopes.
“We’re going to tell them to lay off the turkey,” he said. “You don’t need guys drowsy that night and the next day. They can have a light thanksgiving dinner, and then we’ll get back together for our team dinner and then tuck them into bed.”
The Titans will meet Friday morning for a team mass, a standard pregame meal, and then leave campus around noon for the 90-minute, or so, drive east on I-94.
New routine. New team. One goal.
“It’s just a lot of fun right now,” Brogan said. “Every group is so different, and for every group you take, it’s a new experience. As coaches, it’s easy to feed off their excitement.”
Brogan said fun, and enjoying what this crazy week really is, is something his players have taken in stride.
“They understand this has to be something you enjoy,” he added. “They are having fun. If you’re not having fun, you’re not going to get to this point in the season.”
Mike Moore is a play-by-play commentator and Sports Writer for JTV Sports. You can reach him at email@example.com. He’s also the author of ‘Love, Defined; A Dedication to the Love, Sacrifice, and Magic of Motherhood.’
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