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Furby, Anderson reunite with Preds

Posted 6/10/2011

By Terry Licht

Leader-Telegram staff

Vince Furby wanted to play football after college.

And, after playing one season with the Chippewa Valley Predators, he wanted
his college buddy to do the same.

So he called L.A. Anderson, his teammate and roommate at Northland Community
and Tehnical College in Minnesota, to give him a sales pitch.

"I tried it out," said Furby, who tried unsuccessfully to get him to come to
the Chippewa Valley last season. "I did good. Gave him a call and he came up
this year and now we are playing together again."

The rest isn't history; it's the beginning.

The former NCTC teammates have been part of the driving force behind the
Predators' two-game win streak - Furby at running back and Anderson at

The two picked right up from where they left off in college.

"We had nothing to do up there but play football and go to school, so we
talked football all the time," Anderson said. "We know what each one is
expecting of the other one."

Added Furby: "We can look at each other on the field and I know what route
to run and he'll just hit me for the touchdown."

The rest of the team followed suit, judging by convincing victories over the
Eau Claire Crush and the Central Wisconsin Spartans.

"We have had more time together," Anderson said. "The offensive line is
healthy, everybody's been there and we've all been together."

After their disheartening loss to the South Metro Dragons to open the
regular season, the Predators have outscored their opponents by a combined
score of 86-27.

"Our chemistry is wonderful right now, especially with our running game,"
coach Martin Adams said.

The running game was in full effect against the Spartans. The Predators
racked up 264 yards and four touchdowns on the ground - 176 yards and three
TDs by Furby - in a 49-21 blowout.

"What's really making our offense successful is the fact that our running
game is respected now," Adams said. "Teams have to account for it, which in
turn makes L.A. very successful."

Anderson has been on fire as of late, throwing for six touchdowns and
running for two more over the past two games.

"He has excellent reads, his eyes are wonderful and he's protecting the
football," Adams said.

The Predators defense has been exceptional as of late, as well. At one
point, it didn't allow an offensive touchdown for six consecutive quarters.

"The nice part about our defense is they're really a fast unit right now,"
Adams said. "They're having fun, they're just going to the ball, they are

The Predators (2-1) are looking for their chemistry and recent success to
continue against Kimberly on Saturday. Adams said his team isn't overlooking
the Storm (1-2).

"That's an open door for a trap," Adams said. "We just need to focus on the
little things, not turn the ball over, get the win and come home."

"Kimberly is the next step to the championship," Furby said. "We're taking
it one game at a time."
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