July 21 • 09:36 PM

Capac thumps Atherton, 43-6

August 29, 2007
CAPAC — The Capac varsity football team gave coach Tom Manney a successful first game at the helm of their program, rolling to a convincing 43-6 road victory over non-league counterpart Atherton last Friday night.

With the outcome, Capac goes to 1-0 overall. Atherton slips to 0-1 thus far this season.

"It was a good way to start the season," Capac Coach Tom Manney said. "We got out to a quick start and never looked back," he noted.

"This week's assignment is much tougher. We expect Imlay City to come here prepared to play."

In Friday's clash, contested under ominous skies, Capac bolted out to a 14-0 advantage after one quarter was complete and widened the gap to 29-0 at the halftime break. The Chiefs then followed it up with a 7-6 third quarter edge and a 7-0 fourth quarter cushion, putting the finishing touches on a 43-6 win.

Jon Botwin (a three-yard tote and an eight-yard run) and Chris Bruce (a 12-yard tote and a 54-yard run) led Capac with a pair of touchdowns apiece. Joe Johnson (a 25-yard touchdown tote) and Kevin Bollaert (an eight-yard touchdown pass from Botwin) furnished the Chiefs' other touchdowns.

Travis York (four successful extra-point kicks), Botwin (a two-point conversion) and Chee Vang (an accurate extra-point kick) supplied the remaining Capac points.

Atherton managed their six-point output aided by a 48-yard touchdown run by Cody Stephens.

On the night, Botwin completed three of three pass plays for 29 yards as Capac's quarterback. He threw no interceptions en route to those numbers.

His successful tosses went to three different targets. Bruce (one catch for 15 yards), Tino Siewert (one reception for 10 yards) and Bollaert (one catch for four yards) formed that group.

The Capac ground attack was more productive, chewing up 304 yards of territory on 25 totes.

Individually, Bruce led Capac with 184 yards. It took him eight carries to amass that total. He was backed by Mike Walker (two rushes for 30 yards), Johnson (29 yards on two carries) and Andrew Gutierrez (three rushes for 24 yards). The remaining 10 Chief carries netted a combined 37-yard gain.

Ruben Nino, Alex Wegner, Joe Harvey, Shawn Kaiser and Anthony Theel were mentioned by Manney as Capac's defensive standouts.

Capac will look to continue their winning ways this Thursday when it entertains Imlay City. The Blue Water Area Conference matchup lists a 6:55 p.m. starting time.

Sports Editor, Kevin Kissane has been covering sports for the Tri-City Times for over 20 years and is one of the most recognizable personalities in the area. Kevin when not covering anything from little league baseball to football, or softball to basketball, can be found on the links playing his favorite sport, golf.
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