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October 31, 2013

Second playoff appearance gives Eagles shot at first postseason win

By Mike Moore
C & G Sports Writer

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Southfield Christian’s Robert Banks (34) chases Liggett quarterback Tommy Jackson during the teams’ first meeting this season. The two open the playoffs against one another at 1 p.m. Nov. 2 at Bishop Foley.

SOUTHFIELD — The first game was close: a back-and-forth battle with conference implications on the line.

The second meeting will take stress levels to a whole new level.

“There’s nothing easy about the playoffs,” Southfield Christian football coach Larry Weiss said about his team’s Division 7 pre-district game against Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett, set for 1 p.m. Nov. 2 at Bishop Foley. “It’s nice to have some familiarity with a team, but it’s always tough to beat somebody twice in one year. So, we’ll see how it all plays out.”

The teams met once this season already, a 20-8 Southfield Christian win in late September.

The win was part of a 2013 regular season that included an 8-1 record and a Michigan Independent Athletic Conference championship.

But Weiss knows Liggett (5-4) will be a team to reckon with.

“They have some good, skilled kids,” he said. “They have a good running game that we need to contain to have a chance.”

Since the loss to Southfield Christian, Liggett ended the season on a 3-1 run.

“I think it’s always good to know who you’re playing,” Liggett coach Dan Cimini said. “I think it’s always tough to beat a team twice in one year, especially when the teams are this evenly matched. Our advantage is that we are excited to be part of the playoffs again, and we have that mentality that there’s nothing to lose.”

While Liggett is in the postseason for the fourth straight year, Weiss doesn’t have a single guy with playoff experience.

In fact, the eight wins the team had this regular season set a program record and equaled the win total (8-19) of the past three seasons combined.

“We have a lot of senior leadership, and even when you haven’t been through the playoffs and you’ve lost as much as we have in the past, it builds a lot of character,” Weiss said. “I think this is a group of kids that believes in themselves. They don’t need any extra motivation to know what’s on the line.”

Southfield at Seaholm

Southfield High finished the regular season with a 7-2 record and travels to Birmingham Seaholm for a D-2 opener at 7 p.m. Nov. 1.

Seaholm is 8-1 entering the game.

The winner faces either Birmingham Brother Rice (9-0) or Beverly Hills Groves (7-2) in the district final.

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