Flivvers want to bring win streak into playoffs
By BURT ANGELI
KINGSFORD – The Kingsford Flivvers hope to head into the football postseason with a three-game winning streak.
Kingsford (6-2 overall, 1-2 Great Northern Conference) and Escanaba (3-5, 2-1) will close out the regular season Friday at Flivver Field. Kick-off is 6:30 p.m.
The Flivvers, after losing back-to-back games to Menominee and Marquette, recovered with convincing offensive efforts against Iron Mountain and Gladstone.
“I think it’s a huge game,” Coach Chris Hofer said. “I want to see us play well and beat a good team. They’re a really good team.
“Teams not in the playoffs are kind of dangerous. They have nothing to lose.”
The Eskymos, who handled Iron Mountain (34-14) last week, did upset Marquette (35-14) this season.
“They’re 3-1 in the U.P.s,” said Hofer, noting the loss came to unbeaten Menominee. “We’ll have our hands full.”
Kingsford defeated Cedar Grove (Wis.) for its only victory against a school with a winning overall record.
Quarterback Travis Heller operates the Eskymos’ spread offense. Heller rushed for 112 yards against the Mountaineers.
“Heller makes them go,” Hofer said. “He’s got the ball in his hands all the time and the one you’ve got to put the clamps on.”
Kingsford’s playoff plans will be announced on the MHSAA “Selection Sunday Show” at 6 p.m. (Central time) on FOX Sports Detroit. Hofer, focused on the regular season, has not done extensive research on playoff possibilities.
“I’m sure it won’t hurt,” said Hofer when asked if a win would enhance the Flivvers’ playoff position. “But I don’t know where it’s at. It might help us get a home game That would be nice.”
NOTES: Flivver senior linebacker Jake Allen registered nine tackles in the 55-20 win over Gladstone. Alex Patterson and Hugh Harris added eight each. Harris, according to the Flivvers’ defensive point system, tallied 17 and Allen had 10 … Unbeaten Menominee, aiming for the outright GNC title, visits Marquette on Friday. The 2011 Maroons took a perfect GNC record into Marquette and left with a loss.