Future Chippewas to Meet in State Title Game

Next year, Frank Zombo and Bryan Anderson will be teammates at Central Michigan University. Today though, the two will line up across from each other at the Silverdome when Zombo's school, Sterling Heights Stevenson, plays Anderson's, Rockford, for the Michigan Division I State Championship.

In August, Frank Zombo and Bryan Anderson each set a goal of leading his team to a state championship.

That goal is now within reach for both of them, but only one will be able to walk away with a championship trophy today at the Pontiac Silverdome.

"We feel Rockford is a lot like us," Zombo said. "If we play our "A" game then we'll come out on top."

Rockford, like Stevenson, comes into the game with an 11-2 record. This clash of Titans, and Rams, should be a classic eastside versus westside clash for bragging rights in Michigan's largest division.

"They have a good football team," Anderson said, referring to Stevenson. "I think it will be a big defensive battle."

The 6-foot-5 Anderson starts at wide receiver and safety for the Rams, while the 6-foot-5 Zombo plays wide receiver and defensive end for the Titans.

Anderson said he has 40 catches for 750 yards this season, including 10 touchdowns. The all-state wideout knows that the Titans will be focused on him.

"We've got some tricks up our sleeve," Anderson chuckled. "I know that Frank and I will be buddies soon, but I hope he has a bad game against us."

"It should be a good game," said Zombo, who was recently named to the Detroit News All-Metro team. "I hope Bryan doesn't catch a lot of balls against us."

Anderson was one of the the first players to make a verbal commitment to Central Michigan when he committed in June. Zombo pledged the Chippewas in October after an unofficial visit for the Kent State game.

Both players said they will be making their official visit to CMU the weekend of Dec. 3.

"CMU was always my number one school," Zombo said. "Even if a bigger school calls me, I'm still going to Central. We're going to be good in the next couple years."

Zombo, who caught 74 passes for 1,140 yards and six TDs this season, said he was recruited to play tight end for the Chippewas.

"I need to work on my strength this summer," said Zombo, who has a current bench max of 275 pounds. "I'll be up at CMU this summer to work out."

All of that can wait for now though, as Zombo and his Stevenson teammates prepare for the biggest game of their lives.

"I need to focus and catch the ball, and help contain Rockford's quarterback on defense," Zombo said. "I hope to talk to Bryan after the game. He and I should be good friends now that we're going to be teammates."

"It will be a challenge beating them," Anderson said. "I know Frank and I will be buddies after the game."

Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. at the Pontiac Silverdome.

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