TUSCOLA (WCIA) — Playing close games against quality opponents on the road is nothing new for Tuscola. The Warriors beat Shelbyville and St. Teresa by a combined six points in the regular season. The Rams are still alive in the Class 2A bracket, hosting Maroa-Forsyth this weekend. The Bulldogs finished the season with a 9-2 record. So traveling to Athens for Saturday’s Class 1A semifinal game won’t be unfamiliar territory for the Warriors.
“Probably our two most adverse games were on the road and we found a way to get it done,” Tuscola head coach Andy Romine said. “So at the end of the day, it’s 120-yards long back of the end zone to back of the end zone. It’s 60-feet wide and it’s that way at Athens. It’s that way at Tuscola.”
Tuscola (12-0) is looking to make its first trip to the state finals since 2011. The school has played in five state championship games, winning twice. It last happened 2009.
“The whole team likes to stay focused on the game and week ahead,” Tuscola senior offensive lineman Dakota Denny said. “We don’t like to look forward because if you start looking forward past the team we’ve got to face, it’s going to be over before we know it.”