Madison HeightsOctober 30, 2013
Ventures earn playoff bid for first time since 2010, Madison in for ninth year in a row
By Mike Moore
Madison senior Kyle Baldwin works on tackling drills during a recent practice. With an 8-0 record at press time, the Eagles were postseason-bound for the ninth year in a row.
MADISON HEIGHTS — This is the special time of the year, one reserved for a select few.
And for the first time since 2010, the Madison Heights Bishop Foley football team has an invite to the postseason party.
“We’re pretty excited,” coach Sean Cobb said. “The guys are ready for this.”
With a 33-22 victory against Allen Park Cabrini in the season’s eighth week, the Ventures improved to 6-2 and officially earned the automatic berth.
At press time, Foley was preparing for its season finale, a date against Livonia Clarenceville, and the team’s predistrict game had not been announced yet.
According to Cobb, it didn’t matter.
“We don’t know who we’ll play or where we’ll be,” he said last week. “But the guys are fired up. The effort they have put forth has been great. They’ve earned this.”
Since qualifying for the postseason in 2010 with a 6-3 record — and opening-round loss to Royal Oak Shrine — Foley went 4-5 in 2011 and 5-4 a year ago.
The guys kicked off 2013 with three straight wins, but then stumbled in consecutive games and had to refocus.
“We lost to two good teams (Shrine and Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes), both of whom controlled the line of scrimmage,” Cobb explained. “We had some things we had to correct, and we did that.”
Foley was riding a three-game winning streak entering the final week.
Cobb said he expected to be part of the Division 7 bracket.
“We can’t wait,” he said. “We’re happy to be back, and we’re going to take things one day and one game at a time. The guys are going to be ready to go. The atmosphere is going to be great. The parents, the school, a lot of people haven’t experienced this in a while. It’s going to be a great time, and we hope to make the most of it.”
Earlier in the season, Madison coach Drake Wilkins said his 2013 team may just be one of the most complete groups he’s coached since arriving at the school.
His guys have backed those words up.
At press time, the Eagles were 8-0 heading into the regular-season finale against New Haven High.
Madison will be part of the postseason for the ninth consecutive year.
The guys were in D-6 the last two years after being in D-5 the six years before that.
For complete playoff schedules, visit www.MHSAA.com.