May 22 • 08:16 AM

Imlay City falls to Yale 21-6 for fourth loss

Imlay City Coach John Forti talks to John Aversano during a break in Friday’s game. photo by Randy Jorgensen.
September 19, 2007
IMLAY CITY — The Imlay City varsity football team fell 15 points short when the final scores were added up, dropping a 21-6 road verdict to Yale in a Blue Water Area Conference game last Friday night.

With the decision, Yale lifts its mark to 3-1 and 2-1. Imlay City slips to 0-4 and 0-3.

"We came out flat and Yale moved the ball well in the first half," Imlay City Coach John Forti said. "They beat us up front," he noted.

"We played better in the second half, but hurt ourselves with penalties."

In Friday's game, Yale opened up a 6-0 lead after one quarter was complete and widened the gap to 14-0 at the halftime break.

That was followed by a scoreless third quarter.

Yale then outscored Imlay City 7-6 from that point on, assuring themselves of a 21-6 win.

The victorious Yale side produced their 21-point total thanks to an Aaron Zimmer-man to Adam Pilarski seven-yard touchdown pass; a Dan Mandeville one-yard touchdown run (followed by a Zimmerman to Pilarski PAT pass); and an Austen Harris seven-yard touchdown run (followed by a successful extra-point kick courtesy of Zimmerman).

Imlay City managed their six-point output aided by a Darren Saunders to Mike Guerrero 64-yard touchdown pass.

John Aversano (four of seven for 10 yards with no interceptions) and Darren Saunders (four of nine for 76 yards with no interceptions) shared the quarterback chores for Imlay City that evening.

Their successful tosses were distributed to four different targets. Guerrero (three catches for 75 yards), Mason Duke (two receptions for five yards), Cruz Medrano (two catches for zero yards) and D.J. Salet (one reception for six yards) formed that group.

The Imlay City ground attack added 60 yards on 20 rushes.

Individually, Medrano (five rushes for 21 yards) put up Imlay City's best numbers. The remaining 15 Spartan totes netted a combined 39-yard gain.

Duke (10 solos) and Ryan Baker (eight) notched the top Imlay City tackle outputs. Frank Palermo (six solos) and Salet (four) made their presence felt as well.

Imlay City goes to Almont this Friday for a Blue Water Area Conference matchup. That encounter is slated to get underway at 6:55 p.m.

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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