Macomb Township’s L’Anse Creuse North Crusaders take on the rival L’Anse Creuse High School Lancers tonight at 7 p.m. in Harrison Township in what may be the biggest game of the year for both teams.
The Crusaders and Lancers have identical 3-2 records and both are coming off victories, with the Crusaders beating Utica last week 13-7 and the Lancers winning against Anchor Bay 28-24. Both teams have a chance at the playoffs.
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The winner of this inter-district matchup takes home the John Denny Armstrong Jug while the losing team leaves the with Thunder Pot, a bed pan. John Denny Armstrong was the first varsity football coach at L’Anse Creuse.
WDIV Local 4 selected the matchup as its Game of the Week and will broadcast the contest and early-morning pep rally.
“It’s a huge game, for sure. Our team has goals every year and that always includes beating L’Anse Creuse,” said L’Anse Creuse North varsity coach Anthony Kiner, who happens to teach at L’Anse Creuse. “The kids support me and the team with every game, except for this one. It’s great fun.”
Lancers coach Don Roda said that while their season doesn’t rest on beating North, there are bragging rights on the line.
“We would like to retain the Jug and show our school pride doing so,” he said. “I think it is great both teams are doing well and it only make for a more exciting game for everyone. Every year, no matter what the record is, it is an exciting game that can go either way.”