Followers of the Almont football team react to their team’s win against Lake Fenton last Friday night. photo by Kevin Kissane.
October 31, 2007
ALMONT — There is one question on the minds of football followers who plan to attend this Friday's gridiron confrontation between Almont (10-0) and host Madison Heights Madison (10-0).
And that is whether it will be payback or playback this time around as Almont looks to avenge last season's opening round road playoff loss to Madison Heights Madison.
Their showdown lists a 7:30 p.m. starting time.
Those who hit the highways to take in the battle should be treated to a fierce battle. Afterall, Almont was rated ninth and Madison Heights Madison second according to recent poll of Division 5 teams released by The Associated Press.
The distinction of Division 5, Region 4, District 2 champion will go to the winner.
Almont heads into the fray coming off a 35-22 win against Lake Fenton in an opening round clash last Friday.
It was there Almont fell behind 22-21 with 56 seconds remaining; went ahead 28-22 with 38 seconds left; and sealed the outcome with a touchdown 15 ticks later.
Their counterparts, from Madison Height Madison, are coming off a 34-18 opening round victory over Lutheran North at home.
That laid the foundation for a showdown between a pair of unbeaten state-ranked teams. One will continue their postseason path, while the other will go home to reflect on an outstanding season.
The last time these two squads went toe to toe a year ago Madison Heights Madison left the field with a 18-0 win to their credit.
Jeff Simian, of Almont, reacts to an opening quarter touchdown by Neal Zott against Lake Fenton. photo by Kevin Kissane.
That battle saw Madison Heights Madison accumulate all of their points during the final quarter.
Almont Coach Jeremy Ferman doesn't think it will be difficult to motivate his ballclub for their upcoming contest.
"All of the guys know how close it was last year," Ferman said. "We hung right with them until the fourth quarter where they pulled away and won it," he noted.
"I expect another good game this time around. If it is close going into the final quarter I like our chances."
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.