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FOOTBALL: A strong rushing attack powers Berkley to a 21-7 victory over Ferndale

FERNDALE — The Eagles of Ferndale had their homecoming night spoiled when rival Berkley came to town and earned a 21-7 victory. The Bears clawed their way to victory behind the rushing attack of Alec Sanom and Sam Silverstein as well as stellar defense.

Sanom get started right away, when he got the ball on the first play from scrimmage and went for a 75 yard touchdown.

“I feel like we have a tremendous back (in Sanom) who’s underrated. He is constantly up their with the leading rushers, he finished second in the league in touchdown’s last year (with 16),” said Berkley head coach Chris Sikora.

Sanom finished with 201 yards on 18 carries averaging just over 11 yards a carry. Sam Silverstein the Bears quarterback accounted for the other two Bears scoring plays on runs of 17 and 16 yards.

Shaquan McGriff the eagles leading rusher on the night cashed in Ferndale’s only points on the night from one yard out. Otherwise the Eagles offense was kept quiet by a stingy Bears defense.

“We played well defensively, we have to keep working on the little techniques, but overall the defense was solid”

The Bears defense came up big on two drives in particular. Both of which the Eagles started inside the red-zone but the Bears defense stepped up to force a turnover on downs on both occasions.

The Ferndale defense was able to find it’s stride in the second half as well.

“The first half we were not tackling very well, so we challenged our guys at halftime, we asked them if they wanted to come out and play Ferndale defense, and they came out real well. They tackled and they got after the ball (in the second half), said Ferndale head coach Ryan Dunlap.

The Eagles (1-5) will take on the undefeated Maples of Seaholm next week.

“Seaholm will be a real challenge for us. They are an excellent team, they are well coached and have a lot of talent. We have to find a way to motivate our guys to play like they did in the second half defensively, to have a chance to stop them,” said Dunlap

Berkley (3-3) will take on the other undefeated Birmingham team, Groves next week.

“We will definitely have to scheme for (Ross Williams) but he is one guy on a roster of 40, no one guy wins a game and no one guy loses a game. It’s about preparing for them as whole, and if we can do that we will have a chance to win,” said Sikora

Last Updated: 10/5/2013 1:01:09 AM EST

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