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Published October 15, 2013

Health, talent and big victory put Southfield Christian back in playoffs

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Southfield Christian’s Jack Harrington (18) tries to break free from a Liggett tackler during a win earlier this season. The Eagles are 6-1 and headed back to the playoffs.

SOUTHFIELD — The script was perfectly set.

A program that’s struggled for so long was now ready to take a giant leap back toward respectability.

A season so many anticipated now carried the possibility of being extended for the first time in a long time.

And with one win, the Southfield Christian football team put an exclamation point on a fall that’s been one to remember.

It could still get much, much better.

“After so many years of struggling, it’s awesome that the hard work has paid off,” coach Larry Weiss said after the Eagles beat Oakland Christian 41-21 on Oct. 11 to earn the team its sixth win of the season and first playoff berth since 2008. “It was like a circus once the game ended, but in a good way.”

It was a night to celebrate, no doubt.

Playing in the final home game at the school’s homecoming with a chance to clinch the Michigan Independent Athletic Conference title, the Eagles didn’t disappoint.

Despite falling behind early, Southfield Christian soon found its offense and began to pour it on.

The Eagles eventually built a 27-14 lead by halftime, and then scored on their first two possessions of the second half to, more or less, end the game in the third quarter.

Now 6-1 on the season, Weiss has guided the Eagles to wins in eight of their past 10 games, including last season.

“We had no injuries, at least nothing of significance,” he said when asked about the success. “These kids bought in to what we were trying to do. And you look back at the end of last season when we won two of the last three games, then they put everything into the offseason, and it all makes sense.”

The team has two regular-season games remaining: a 6 p.m. Oct. 19 contest at Sterling Heights Parkway Christian and then a 1 p.m. Oct. 26 game at Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood.

“The goal now is to sure up some of the small things we want to get better at,” Weiss said. “We want to boost our playoff point total as much as we can and be as prepared as possible for when it begins.”

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