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Raiders look to move on in state playoffs



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Almont Coach Jeremy Ferman talks to his team during a practice session. photo by Kevin Kissane.
October 24, 2007
ALMONT — The Almont football team begins what they hope will be a lengthy postseason run this Friday when it entertains Lake Fenton in a Division 5, Region 4, District 2 opening round playoff game.

That battle lists a 7:30 p.m. starting time.

It marks the second straight season Almont has qualified for the playoffs. A year ago, Almont dropped an 18-0 opening round road verdict to Madison Heights Madison, the eventual state runnerup.

"We don't want it to be one and done," Almont Coach Jeremy Ferman said. "Our team would like to at least make it to week two," he emphasized.

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Heading in to Sunday's selection show which was televised on FSN, Ferman made out a list of possible playoff foes his team could face.

"We thought if we headed north we would either go up against Millington or Montrose at home," Ferman said. "Another possibility is we could wind up going up against teams to the south and west of us which would mean that we might host either Macomb Lutheran North or Lake Fenton," he noted.

"Then the announcement was made that we were going to meet Lake Fenton at home. Our suspicions wound up being correct after all."

Lake Fenton, the Genesee Area Conference Red Division champion, enters the contest coming off a 38-18 road win against Imlay City.

Prior to that, Lake Fenton took seven out of eight clashes. That run included an 18-0 victory over Wyoming Kelloggsville; a 24-16 triumph against Montrose; a 22-12 win over Clawson; a 40-6 victory over Lakeville; a 52-14 triumph against Flint Northwestern; a 24-22 win over Durand; a 37-22 loss to Mount Morris; and a 12-7 victory against Goodrich.

Almont, the Blue Water Area Conference champion, heads in to the battle coming off a 23-12 win against Cass City.

Prior to that, Almont had claimed a 27-0 victory over Lakeville; a 21-17 triumph against Yale; a 55-26 win over Algonac; a 29-9 victory against Cros-Lex; a 45-7 triumph over Imlay City; a 40-27 win against Armada; a 53-26 victory over Capac; and a 28-14 triumph against Richmond. That left the Raiders holding a spotless 9-0 mark when the regular season drew to a close.

Ferman knows that his ballclub will have to come prepared to play when game time rolls around.

"Our teams are mirror images of each other," Ferman said. "They know what we can do and we know what works well for them," he noted.

"It will come down to which team executes the best. That should be the difference."

Ferman has Steve Brohl (quarterback), Mark Mersino (runningback), Addam Wierbicki (runningback), Eric Mann (runningback), Brian Thomas (tight end), Neal Zott (split end), Andy Grant (tackle), Gabe Farrugia (tackle), Ben Strouse (guard), Chris Creger (guard) and Chris Lansky (center) penciled in as his likely offensive starters.

On the opposite side of the football, Ferman intends to go with Thomas (end), Farrugia (end), Jeff Simian (tackle), Dillon Melly (tackle), Steve Mack (linebacker), Mike Owen (linebacker), Steve McClure (linebacker), Ethan Coucke (linebacker), Andy Schoen (back), Paul Parzynski (back) and Zott (back) as his starting group.

The winner of this Friday's clash moves on to the district championship where they will meet the survivor of a game between second-ranked Madison Heights Madison (9-0) and Macomb Lutheran North.

That contest is scheduled for either November 2nd or 3rd.

Sports Editor, Kevin Kissane has been covering sports for the Tri-City Times for over 20 years and is one of the most recognizable personalities in the area. Kevin when not covering anything from little league baseball to football, or softball to basketball, can be found on the links playing his favorite sport, golf.
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