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Millionaires Hold On To Defeat The Pirates 42 - 34 In UFFWildcard Game | Sarasota Millionaires Football

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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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