Whiteford became the first TCC team to win a state football title in 2017, going 14-0 and beating Saginaw Nouvel Catholic Central in the Division 8 state championship game at Ford Field.
Whiteford was the fourth TCC team to play for a state title since 2013. Clinton appeared in the Division 6 state finals in 2013 and 2015 while Whiteford has gone to the state finals two consecutive seasons.
Morenci (1995 and 1996) and Sand Creek (1992) are the other TCC teams to play in the state championship game.
Whiteford and Clinton enter the 2018 season with matching six-year streaks of qualifying for the state playoffs. Morenci and Summerfield have each qualified four consecutive seasons.
Sand Creek, who missed the playoffs in 2017, have qualified for the playoffs more than any other TCC team – 20 times.
TCC TEAM PLAYOFFS*
Sand Creek 20
Whitmore Lake 8
*Reflects playoff appearances while a member of the TCC.
Whiteford has won back-to-back TCC championships for the first time in school history. The Bobcats enter the 2018 season having won 14 straight league games.
SCORING TREND CONTINUES
In 2017, the TCC topped the 1,500-point mark in league games for the fourth consecutive seasons with 1,504 overall points in league play.
The record for most points for all teams in league games is 1,559 points scored by the eight league teams in 2013.
YEAR POINTS SCORED
Whiteford set a league record in 2017 with 392 points in league games, an average of 56.0 points a game, breaking the 2014 record shared by Clinton and Morenci (365 points/52.1 per game).
TEAM YEAR PTS AVG
Whiteford 2017 392 56.0
Clinton 2014 365 52.1
Morenci 2014 365 52.1
Clinton 2013 353 50.4
Sand Creek 1992 338 48.3
TOP SCORERS RETURN
Five of the top seven individual scorers from the 2017 TCC season are back this year.
Whiteford’s Logan Murphy led the TCC with 122 points scored. He was the league leader in touchdowns (17) and two-point conversions (10).
Other top scorers returning include Zach Bertz of Whiteford (82 points), Alec Muck of Sand Creek (68 points), Bradyn Clark-Gilmore of Whiteford (60 points) and Anthony Thomas of Morenci (50 points).
STAT LEADERS RETURN
The 2017 TCC leaders in passing, rushing and receiving all return in 2017.
That includes Brendan Zeipekis of Summerfield, who threw for 1,414 yards and 19 touchdowns last season; Logan Murphy of Whiteford, who rushed for 1,873 yards last season and Brayden Clark-Gilmore of Whiteford who caught 25 passes for 729 yards in 2017.
The only coaching change in the TCC this season is at Clinton where longtime Redskin coach Scott McNitt retired after the 2017 season and handed the reigns over to Jeremy Fielder. Fielder has been defensive coordinator for Clinton since 2008.
McNitt’s resignation leaves Britton Deerfield’s Erik Johnson as the league coach with the most TCC seasons under his belt. This season will be Johnson’s 11th in the TCC – including nine at Summerfield and one at BD. Whiteford’s Jason Mensing is entering his 17th season overall as a head varsity football coach, including the past six at Whiteford in the TCC.
The all-time league leader in coaching victories remains Ernie Ayers of Sand Creek, who coached the Aggies 38 years and finished with a league record of 174-71.
2018 will be the 46th year of the TCC. Summerfield is the only league team to have played in all 45 previous seasons.
A timeline of TCC schools:
• Britton, Deerfield, Madison, Summerfield, Ann Arbor St. Thomas and Whitmore Lake were charter members of the TCC in 1973.
• Whiteford and Sand Creek joined the league in 1975.
• St. Thomas left the TCC after the 1975 season.
• Morenci joined the TCC for the 1981 season.
• Whitmore Lake did not field a team for the 1981 season.
• Madison did not field a team for the 1993 season.
• Britton and Deerfield combined to form a co-op program in 1993 and became one high school in 2011.
• Clinton joined the TCC in 2007.