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November 3, 2013

Southfield Christian claims first playoff victory in program history, beats Liggett 27-14

By Mike Moore
C & G Sports Writer

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Southfield Christian claims first playoff victory in program history, beats Liggett 27-14
Southfield Christian quarterback Jonathan Springer (3) passed for two scores and ran for two more in a 27-14 victory against Liggett. The win was the first ever for the Eagles in the playoffs.

SOUTHFIELD — For the first time ever, the Southfield Christian football team is moving on in the state playoffs.

And now, the Eagles want to get greedy.

“It’s the biggest game this program has ever won,” coach Larry Weiss said about the 27-14 victory against Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett Saturday in the opening round of the Division 7 state playoffs. “The kids were thrilled. We had past players there to be part of it. I mean, it was a celebration. It was everything we could ask for.”

Trailing 14-0 in the second quarter, Harding Fears got the Eagles going, hauling in what Weiss called a “spectacular catch” for a 40-yard touchdown.

Shortly after that, Eagles quarterback Jonathan Springer, who tossed the score to Fears, returned a punt to the Liggett 1-yard line.

One play later, he hit Kam Gardner with a pass to tie the game.

Springer scored the only two touchdowns of the second half as well, both on runs.

“At the end of the day, we just needed to wake up before we started playing,” Weiss said. “We were playing a 5-4 team that had nothing to lose, and they came to play. Once our kids realized that, they go themselves going. The seniors picked up, and the rest of the guys followed suit.”

Southfield Christian (9-1) moves on to face Madison Heights Bishop Foley at 7 p.m. Nov. 9 at Hurley Field in Berkley.

Foley (7-3) cruised past Royal Oak Shrine 42-10 in its opener.

“For us, it’s gravy time,” Weiss said with a laugh. “Nobody expected us to be here, so we might as well keep it going and see where it all ends up.”

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