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Published November 13, 2013

Eagles sneak past Bishop Foley for first district title, face Loyola in regional

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Bobby Banks, pictured against Liggett in the opening round, scored the game-winning touchdown against Bishop Foley. The Eagles face Loyola for a D-7 regional title.

SOUTHFIELD — After winning the first playoff game in program history, Larry Weiss called the rest of the journey “gravy time.”

Little did he know there was another serving of victory coming up.

“This is all pretty special right now,” the Southfield Christian football coach said of his team’s 28-24 win against Madison Heights Bishop Foley in last weekend’s Division 7 district final. “I mean, everyone is buying into this team and what we’re doing. The school, the parents, everyone is excited to keep moving on.”

After taking an early 7-0 lead, the Eagles trailed 10-7 at the half.

The teams went on to trade the lead three times in the second half, only to see Southfield Christian trailing 24-21 with a little more than six minutes remaining in regulation.

That’s when the Eagles went to work on an 80-yard drive, capped by Bobby Banks’ 6-yard run with roughly one minute remaining.

“We had a great approach to the game,” Weiss said. “I think we approached it the right way. Nobody picked us to beat Bishop Foley, but we talked to our kids about it, and we decided to go out and play like we had nothing to lose. We wanted to go out and have fun and play our style of football.”

More of the same will be required this weekend, as the Eagles (10-1) take on a team many pegged as the favorite to win D-7 when the playoffs started.

“They’re a powerhouse and have been for a few years,” Weiss said of Detroit Loyola, which is 11-0 and won its two playoff games by a combined 103-0 score. “We just want to go through the film, find some things to take advantage of and go from there.”

The game is set for 7 p.m. Nov. 15 at the University of Detroit Jesuit.

“We’re going to be an underdog,” Weiss added. “But we have to come out, play good football and see what happens. If we make some plays, get some momentum, who knows what could happen? Right now, every step we’re able to take is a step forward for this program.”

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