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Lumen Christi Football

By Mike Moore

Staff Writer


Jackson The back and forth of regulation gave way to an emotional overtime victory and just enough points to live another day.


And that was only Round 2.


On  Saturday afternoon, the Lumen Christi football team returns home for one final time in 2016, looking for the ninth win in a row, and a ticket punched to the Division 6 semifinals.


The only thing standing in the way is a Napoleon team looking for its 10th win in a row and first trip ever to the final four.


“It’s going to be an exciting ball game,” coach Herb Brogan said simply.


Enough said.


The Titans 37-34 overtime victory last weekend at Schoolcraft was far more dramatic than the 55-28 clinic the team put on in Week 10 over Watervliet.


But if nothing else, it showed Brogan, and all who made the trip to Schoolcraft, that this is a stingy Lumen team that has the ability to beat a variety of styles.


That will be necessary again Saturday at 1 p.m. when Napoleon arrives.


The Pirates started the year 0-2.


Since then, it’s been a streak of perfection. Nine wins in a row, and the most recent, also the most impressive, a 42-21 trouncing of Grass Lake on the road.


“I’m sure that’s a team that’s going to be ready to play,” Brogan said. “They have a lot of talent we’re going to have to be ready for.”


Napoleon brings a defense playing just well enough of late (22.5 points per game in the playoffs) and an offense more traditional than what the Titans have seen recently.


“It’s more like ours,” Brogan said. “They have some traditional elements that can be tough to stop.”


Brogan noted the importance of not giving up the big play, as well.


“We’ve had trouble with that in these playoffs,” he said. “It’s one of the main things we have to correct if we want to keep this going.”


As mentioned, Napoleon has never been to the third round of the state playoffs.


Before this year, in fact, the program hadn’t tasted postseason football since the class of 2017 was in first grade.


Brogan cautioned anyone looking too deeply into that in an effort to find a hidden advantage, despite this being the third year in a row Lumen is playing in a regional final.


“I think at this point of the year, everyone has played a lot of football (and has playoff experience),” he said. “Right now it’s about playing our game and doing what we do well.”


Lumen has not made it beyond the regional round since winning the D-5 state title in 2009.

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