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Almont wins lopsided game with Imlay, 45-7

An Almont ballcarrier breaks loose on a running play as Imlay City’s Mason Duke pursues during Friday’s BWAC football encounter. photo by Kevin Kissane.

September 26, 2007
TRI-CITY AREA — The Almont varsity football team now stands one win away from advancing to the state playoffs for the second straight season, thanks to a 45-7 triumph against visiting Imlay City in a Blue Water Area Conference meeting last Friday night.

With the decision, Almont goes to 5-0 and 4-0. Imlay City drops to 0-5 and 0-4.

Heading in to the contest, Almont Coach Jeremy Ferman said his team's attention was on getting past Imlay City and not the prospects of inching closer to the playoffs.

"We didn't want to get caught off guard looking ahead," Ferman said. "Our only focus was on tonight's game," he noted.

On the opposite sideline, Imlay City Coach John Forti gave credit where it was due.

"They came out fired up," Forti said. "Before we knew what hit us we were down 25-0 at halftime," he noted.

"We settled down some after that and played better. It was just too big of a deficit to come back from."

In Friday's meeting, Almont grabbed a 12-0 edge after one quarter was history.

The middle two quarters would see Almont widen the gap even more.

Bolstered by a 19-0 advantage over that stretch, Almont raised its lead to 31-0 at the 36-minute mark.

Almont then outscored Imlay City 14-7 the rest of the way, putting the finishing touches on a 45-7 win.

The victorious Almont side logged their 45-point total thanks to a Steve Brohl to Neal Zott 24-yard touchdown pass; a Josh Walker six-yard touchdown run; a Steve McClure four-yard touchdown tote; a Steven Mack five-yard touchdown run (followed by a Steven Kunz successful extra-point kick); a Brohl one-yard touchdown run; a Walker 18-yard touchdown tote; and an Andy Schoen 25-yard interception return for a touchdown (followed by a PAT pass from Mack to Walker).

Imlay City managed their six-point output aided by a John Aversano to Mike Guerrero 11-yard touchdown pass and an accurate extra-point boot courtesy of D.J. Salet.

For the evening, Brohl completed 12 of 24 pass plays for 191 yards as Almont's quarterback. He was intercepted three times along the way.

His successful tosses were distributed to three different targets. Zott (five catches for 92 yards), Brian Thomas (four receptions for 70 yards) and Walker (four catches for 29 yards) formed that group.

Mack was the other Almont player who opted to air out the football. His lone attempt resulted in a three-yard completion to Walker.

The Almont ground game added 165 yards on 36 totes. Individually, Mark Mersino (five rushes for 62 yards) and Mack (55 yards on 13 totes) led Almont. The remaining 18 Raider rushes netted a combined 48-yard gain.

From a defensive standpoint, Mike Owen paced Almont. Owen was credited with 14 solo stops. Ethan Coucke and Gabe Farrugia added six and five solo stops, respectively, to the Raiders' cause.

Schoen and Coucke (an interception each) notched Almont's takeaways.

Darren Saunders wound up seven of 14 for 58 yards as Imlay City's quarterback. He threw one interception along the way.

Aversano was the other Imlay City player who opted to air out that evening. He completed three of six pass plays for 47 yards and was intercepted once.

Their successful tosses went to four different targets. Guerrero (five catches for 69 yards), Mason Duke (two receptions for 24 yards), Adam Van Dyk (two catches for nine yards) and Salet (one reception for three yards) comprised that group.

The Imlay City ground attack managed 72 yards on 28 totes.

Individually, Frank Palermo led Imlay City. He finished with nine rushes for 42 yards. The remaining 19 Spartan totes netted a combined 30-yard gain.

Duke paced the Imlay City defense with eight solo stops. Brad Kramek (five solo tackles) along with Ryan Baker and Saunders (four each) made their presence felt as well.

The Imlay City defense also collected three takeaways. Mike Guerrero (three interceptions) provided those.

Almont returns to action this Friday with a road trip to Armada, while Imlay City will try to bounce back when it visits Algonac. Both contests, involving Blue Water Area Conference rivals, list 6:55 p.m. starting times.

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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