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September 11, 2012

Parkway Christian travels to Southfield Christian for MIAC football tussle

By Jason Carmel Davis
C & G Sports Writer

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Sterling Heights Parkway Christian football coach Todd Francis will look to keep the Eagles in first place in the MIAC when Parkway Christian takes on Southfield Christian at 7 p.m. Sept. 14 at Birmingham Seaholm.

It’ll be a battle of the Eagles when the Sterling Heights Parkway Christian football team squares off with Southfield Christian at 7 p.m. Sept. 14 at Birmingham Seaholm.

Parkway Christian football coach Todd Francis said his team’s upcoming matchup with Southfield Christian starts a tough stretch of games that will determine whether his team is worthy of a playoff berth.

“This is the start of a run where we play Southfield Christian, Rochester Hills Lutheran Northwest and (Grosse Pointe University Liggett),” Francis said. “It’s important we get a win to start that stretch.”

The two teams are currently seeing different results as members of the Michigan Independent Athletic Conference. Parkway Christian (1-1, 1-0 MIAC at press time) sits atop the MIAC, while Southfield Christian (0-2) had yet to play a league game at press time.

Parkway Christian has won three straight and five of six games against Southfield Christian.

Through its first two games, Southfield Christian had given up an average of 53.5 points per game, while tallying 13.5 over that span.

Parkway Christian bounced back from a 56-0 opening night loss to Melvindale AB&T to earn a 42-20 win over Auburn Hills Oakland Christian Sept. 1.

“I know (Southfield Christian) has a new coach and a new scheme,” Francis said. “We just have to play our game — be relentless and attack on defense, and run the ball effectively on offense.”

Although Southfield Christian has struggled early in the season, Francis refuses to take any opponent lightly.

“It’s a league game, and we need to win if we want to win the MIAC, and that’s definitely a goal of ours,” Francis said. “Every game is important for us, so we have to go all out each week.”

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