Kingsford and Grayling, who clash today in a Division 5 football pre-district at Flivver Field, met once before in a 2005 Division 4 second-round playoff.
The host Vikings pulled away from 21-18 in the fourth quarter to beat the Flivvers 35-18. Dan Nardi rambled 60 yards for a Flivver score while Justin Groeneveld had two, including a 25-yard pass from Mike Olson. Grayling's Joey Bancroft, now a Vikings jayvee coach, rushed for 160 yards and three touchdowns.
Grayling Coach Tim Sanchez, defensive coordinator back then, doesn't believe that 2005 game film would help in preparation for today.
"Both teams are so different from 2005," Sanchez said. "But we'll still watch that one just for the highlights."
Flivver coach Chris Hofer didn't plan on spending time watching the 2005 game.
"Totally different," Hofer said. "I didn't look at it.
"We got it handed to us (in 2005). They were a good team."
Grayling, which left Friday night, planned to "stay in a secret location." Sanchez recalled a scouting trip to Flivver Field where "the fans treated us great."
"They treated us very nicely," Sanchez said. "I have a lot of respect for U.P. fans."
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