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Sarasota Millionaires | Page 6 | Sarasota Millionaires Football

By Doug Miles

The Sarasota Millionaires (9-3) will head down to Ft. Myers on Saturday to play the Florida Stingrays (10-2) in the UFF South Conference Championship game. The winner will earn a spot in the United Cup III in Clearwater on June 1.  The Millionaires defeated the Broward County Cowboys 20-6 last week in Pembroke Pines, FL. Mike Ford returned an interception 100 yards for a touchdown and Gus Blanc picked off another pass and ran it back 80 yards for the eventual winning score to vault the “Moneymen” to the conference title game. In all, the Sarasota intercepted 6 passes as the “Blackout” defense held the Cowboys to just one touchdown in the divisional playoff game.  The Stingrays beat the Florida Veterans 38-20 in Ft. Myers to advance to Saturday’s conference title contest, which they will host at Ruttenberg Park in Ft. Myers. The Sarasota Millionaires defeated the Florida Stingrays 34-30 in Ft. Myers on March 9th in a tilt that seesawed back and forth until the final 1:29 when Patrick “Choo Choo” Brown scored on a two-yard run to seal the win for the Millionaires. Brown had a career best night rushing for 165 yards on 24 carries with three touchdowns and a two-pointer.
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By Doug Miles

In the playoffs defense wins ballgames. The Sarasota Millionaires (9-3) defense came through with six interceptions, including two run back for touchdowns to defeat the Broward County Cowboys (9-2) 20-6 Saturday night in a UFF Divisional Playoff game in Pembroke Pines, FL . The victory puts the Millionaires in the United Football Federation conference championship next Saturday (May 18) in Ft. Myers against the Florida Stingrays. Trailing 6-0 throughout a tightly played first half, Mike Ford intercepted a Daryle Hopper pass at the Millionaires goal line and returned it down the sideline 100 yards for a touchdown, tying the game at 6-6 as time expired in the first half. “It was a surprise to everybody, the other team too. They didn’t know I was that fast”, Ford said about the play which switched the momentum back in Sarasota’s favor after the offense came up empty in the first 30 minutes of play. “We struggled on offense in the first half”, said Millionaires Head Coach Ernest Givins. “We were having problems picking up certain types of blitzes. Once we settled down and got back to the basic fundamentals of the offense, everything started to gel for us.”
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By Doug Miles

The Sarasota Millionaires don’t make it easy on themselves or their fans nervous systems. The team’s 36 point lead heading into the fourth quarter nearly evaporated in what would’ve been an epic collapse. But Frank Young’s interception with 1:06 remaining in the game ensured the Millionaires 42-34 win over the Bay Area Pirates in the UFF Wild Card game at Booker High School Saturday night. Millionaire’s running back Mike Ford put together his best game of the season, topping his 122 yard rushing performance on April 14 against the Pirates in New Port Richey, with 151 yards on 22 carries, 3 touchdowns and a pair of 2 point conversions Saturday night. “Today I was hitting the hole hard and I felt good”, said Mike Ford. “Part of ‘Ford Tough’, that’s my job.” Ford opened the Millionaires scoring with a 6 yard run for a touchdown on Sarasota’s first possession of the game, tallying 59 of the scoring drive’s 72 yards. The “Moneymen” led 6-0 four minutes into the first quarter.  The Pirates tied the game at 6-6 after Frankie Solomon intercepted a Mario Davis pass and returned it to the Millionaires 10 yard line. Two plays later, Brian Koesling fired a quick pass to Solomon in the end zone from 6 yards out. The 2 pointer was no good. The Millionaires engineered their best second quarter of the season, scoring 4 touchdowns, including two more from Mike Ford, to build a 36-6 lead at halftime. Marvin “Mo” Harris added a defensive touchdown with a 34 yard interception return. Mario Davis tossed a touchdown pass to Germaine Green with 25 seconds left in the half. Willie Phelps scored on a 7 yard run with 4:02 remaining in the third quarter, lifting the Millionaires to what seemed like an insurmountable 42-6 lead at the time.
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By Jim Brockman

SARASOTA — After being tied 6-6 at the end of the first quarter, the Sarasota Millionaires exploded for 30 second-quarter points and then had to hold on for a 42-34 victory over the Bay Area Pirates Saturday night at Tornado Alley on the campus of Booker High. Former Sarasota High and University of South Florida star Mike Ford, 26, paved the way, rushing for three touchdowns on runs of 16, 6 and 3 yards. He also scored four more of Sarasota’s 36 first-half points on a pair of two-point conversion runs. Ford, who finished with 152 yards rushing, was named the game’s Most Valuable Player. The victory came in the wild card round of the United Football Federation playoffs. It is a league that does not pay its players and features 20 teams from around Florida and southern Georgia. The Millionaires will move on and play at the Broward County Cowboys next Saturday in a division playoff game.  Former Riverview High standout and Michigan State player Mo Harris, the team captain, also made an impact by returning an interception 42 yards for a touchdown. He also scored on a two-point conversion run. Former Sarasota Sailor Mario Davis threw a 17-yard scoring pass to Jermaine Green. Jerrod German recovered a fumbled kickoff return to set up the Davis to Green scoring connection.
The Millionaires will now travel to Miami Saturday May 11th to take on the Broward County Cowboys (9-1) at McTyre Park 3501 SW 56th Ave. Pembroke Park, FL 33023
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Doug has been the media coordinator for the Sarasota Millionaires Football Team, one of the most successful minor league football teams in the country. He has been a part of the Millionaires organization for over 10 years as the play-by-play announcer for both radio and podcast broadcasts. He has also covered the team by writing stories for the team and league websites.

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Sarasota Millionaires And Their Continued Community Services

The Sarasota Millionaires football organization are known for their continued community services throughtout their community over the years. The organization has participated in various community services some of which have included passing out Thanksgiving turkey's complete with all the trimmings to elderly recipients in the community, reading books on "Read-A-Book Day" to local elementary and day care children, community clean-ups, annual F-CAT pep rallies at schools throughout Sarasota county, and more!

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The Sarasota Millionaires ARE dedicated to providing pride and growth in our community. It's not just about football for the Sarasota Millionaires. We are committed to providing success to our players both on and off the field. The Sarasota Millionaires provide positive mentorship and planned activities for the youths in the City of Sarasota and Sarasota County. Although the team's season runs from September - April our programs continue throughout the year. Our motto is community FIRST and football is second.

If you would like the Sarasota Millionaires Football Organization to be a part of your planned event, please feel free to email us at SarasotaMillionaires@verizon.net