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FOOTBALL: It's Huron League vs. Downriver League as Riverview invades Melvindale Friday (PHOTOS)
Kle'Sean Clark and the Melvindale Cards went 7-2 this season and were part of a three-way tie for second in the Downriver League. Photo by Dave Chapman
Marcus Samuels was part of a one-two running punch that helped Riverview go 7-2 and finish third in the Huron League. Photo by Larry Caruso
For the Pirates, who play in the Huron League, Josh Smith and Marcus Samuels form a running back combo few teams have been able to slow down this year, while quarterback Drew Kroll has been impressive, as well, when called upon to deliver.
The Cardinals, who play in the Downriver League, feature weapons such as receiver Malik Boynton, quarterback Jason Doyle and running back Quincy Gibbs.
The teams could not be coming into the game from any more different places, however.
Riverview, which lost this year to only undefeated Huron League champ Milan and league runner-up Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central, hammered an outmanned Summit Academy team 63-0 in its final regular season game of the season.
Melvindale, on the other hand, suffered only its second loss of the year, but it was a doozy as Truman administered a 58-28 beating. Melvindale’s only other loss of the season was a close 17-10 affair against unbeaten Downriver League champ Roosevelt
Riverview Coach Jeff Stergalas said he sees similarities in the two teams and this weekend’s contest will be one that should draw quite a few fans.
“I think they’re a lot like us, (they’re) 7-2 like we are,” Stergalas said. “We’ll have a good crowd, because it’s local and it’ll be a nice match up.”
Melvindale Coach Jason Carriveau said he knows his Cards are in for a battle when the two teams line up this weekend.
“Riverview’s a tough football team, they play in a tough football league,” he said. "I know that they’ve got a good coaching staff over there and they play a physical brand of football and it’s gonna be nice challenge.”
What the two squads did in the regular season, however, is history now, Carriveau said.
“Both teams 7-2, (but) it really does not matter what a record is when you play another team,” he said. “We always take a look at the schedule and who they played and who they beat, but it’s a brand new season when you get into the playoffs.”
This will be an interesting affair because the Melvindale defense is going to have to work hard to deal with the one-two running punch of Samuels and Smith, while Riverview defenders surely will have their hands full, especially with the passing of Doyle to Boynton and Kel’Sean Clark.
The winner of this contest will take on either Milan or Redford Thurston next week for the district title.
Last Updated: 10/29/2013 2:56:25 PM EST