Shelby coach Lorenzo Rodriguez holds the regional championship trophy Saturday in Negaunee.
Shelby, Mich. (WZZM) The Shelby Tigers have never been this far in the high school football playoffs. And they certainly don't want to stop now.
"We've been breaking records and history all year," head coach Lorenzo Rodriguez told WZZM Tuesday. "We never had a district title and we got one. We never had a regional championship and we got one. Now we just have one more step to get to where we want to be and that's the ultimate goal."
The Tigers take on defending state champion Ithaca this Saturday in the division six state semifinals at Ferris State University. They reached the semifinals with a nailbiting win in the Upper Peninsula last weekend beating Negaunee 26-22. "The bus ride home was pretty fun," said senior tackle Kyle McGrew. "We thought we'd have some fun for the first two hours and then get some sleep but we never really got any sleep, we were having too much fun."
The Tigers will have their hands full with unbeaten Ithaca but it is a challenge they embrace. "We know they're a great team as their record shows," says senior quarterback Spencer Peters. "We're just treating it like another game. Obviously, we're no pushovers. I know it's our first time being this far but we made it here for a reason."
Senior linebacker Ben Schroeder agrees. "There's no doubt they're a really good team. Definitely the toughest team we have and probably ever will play. But we're very confident and we're going in expecting to win. The ultimate goal throughout the season has been to win state. We expected to be here. We expect to win."
Join Dan Harland Saturday night for the WZZM weekend edition for highlights of Shelby and all the West Michigan state semi-finalists.