Rematch some might like to call it, mostly the kids from Anchor Bay are calling it that. This first round district game between Anchor Bay (6-3) and Utica Ford (6-3), was a crossover game, from week 5, 5 weeks ago, both teams probably will not forget that game, anytime soon. Utica Ford scored with 16 seconds left, to shock Anchor Bay. For most of the game, Ford's offense was no where to be found, most of the 1st half and the last possession of the game (whole 2nd half). Anchor Bay's sensational running back, who is verbally committed to Michigan State, Taiwan Jones had this to say about the last game and what it will take to beat Ford this week, " Our defense in the first half, we spotted them 14 points but in the second half we shut them down besides the last drive, we have everything corrected and ready for whatever they throw at us."
On the other hand, Ford was beating themselves with penalties for mostly the whole game, Ford's star running back, Anthony Saurine had this to say about that game, "Anchor Bay was a good game but we didn't play to our potential, we have gotten a lot better since then and we just know if we execute and do what we were taught were going to win any game." Taiwan Jones also had this to say about that previous game and what he thinks about the rest of the season for the Tars, "They got lucky, thats just the plain fact. Everybody thinks Anchor Bay is a pushover, but this year is our year. We have built something special and its time for Anchor Bay to be back on the map. It begins Friday when we show the true Tars."
Last week Ford gave up 35 straight points to Dakota, which sealed the win for the Cougars, Saurine had this to say about that game and if it will have any effect on the Anchor Bay game, "Well it was maybe our sloppiest game yet with all the penalties and turnovers, after a strong first quarter we couldn't keep rolling and get in a good offensive and defensive rhythm, this week that loss is completley behind us and we are all about the playoffs now."
Ford prevailed in the previous meeting 21-20, click on this link for the game recap.
This will mark the 16th time Ford and Anchor Bay have met. The first time they will ever meet in the playoffs. Ford leads the all time series 11-4. The first time the 2 teams played was in 1990 when Ford won 6-0. Ford has won the previous 6 games in the series dating back to 2004.
Anchor Bay has lost their 3 games this year, by a combined score of 8 points. Anchor Bay finished tied in the MAC Blue with Grosse Point South at a 4-1 division record and lead the conference in points scored all season at 243. Jones had this to say about being the playoffs, "I am extremely excited to be in the playoffs, first time in 6 years for the school.. I believe we can pull it through as a team. We are coming to play each and every down for 48 minutes."
Utica Ford fell short of MAC White title, by falling to Utica 3 weeks ago, like Anchor Bay, they led their conference in scoring, they racked up 281 points this year. Saurine had this to say about being more consistent offensively, "Our offense works when everyone does there job and keeps the penalties to a minimum."
Jones says to beat Ford it will take, "Total team effort and keep playing defense like we've been playing. Ford is a solid team that we respect and hopefully they respect us. We are coming to play smash mouth football each down."
This is Ford's first playoff appearance since 2006, and 7th time in the post season, This will be Anchor Bay's first appearance since 2004, they made the playoffs 5 times in between 2004 and 1999. In 2002 they went 5-4 and was not good enough to be in. This will be their 6th time in the post season.
Taiwan Jones is confident he has Anchor Bay primed to make a run deep into the state playoffs, he had this to say about defeating Ford, "We are a much faster team along with being injury free. We have better team unity, and better athletes personally. So it should be a interesting game, our goal is to come out on top."
This game will be played at Stevenson High School, In Sterling Heights, considered Fords home field. Game time is 7pm Friday, October 29th, 2010.