NORTON SHORES – Saturday’s Division 2 football semi-final at Sailor Stadium was emotional for a lot of people.
Maybe no one felt it more than Traverse City Central coach Eric Schugars and his father, Jack Schugars, who made their return home to Muskegon in the big game against Mona Shores.
Host Mona Shores defeated Traverse City Central, 43-30, to advance to next week’s state final at Ford Field. The top ranked reigning state champions Sailors (11-0) will face Warren De La Salle (7-4) in a 1 p.m. clash on Friday.
Traverse City Central ended a very successful season with a 9-2 record. Last week, the Trojans won their first regional title since 1988.
This season has been an emotional roller coaster for Schugar’s father and son. Jack Schugars, the legendary Oakridge coach who now assists his son’s team, lost his wife Julie in August.
MLive multimedia specialist Cory Morse met Eric and Jack Schugars after the game, as well as Mona Shores coach Matt Koziak. Watch the video above to see and hear the emotion of Schugar’s father and son.