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Richmond's quick start finishes Spartans, 37-16

October 10, 2007
IMLAY CITY — Richmond made visiting Imlay City absorb a 37-16 loss in a Blue Water Area Conference varsity football matchup last Friday night.

With the decision, Rich-mond goes to 6-1 and 5-1. Imlay City falls to 1-6 and 1-5.

"The first half was the story of the game," Imlay City Coach John Forti said. "Richmond put us in a hole, helped out by a 24-0 second quarter advantage," he noted.

"When the second half opened we started to play much better. By then it was too late."

In Friday's matchup, Richmond jumped out to a 7-0 lead after one quarter was history.

Richmond then widened the gap to 31-0 at the halftime break.

When the action resumed, Imlay City bounced back with an 8-0 third quarter edge.

That made it 31-8, Richmond, at the 36-minute mark.

Imlay City then outscored Richmond 8-6 the rest of the way, only to fall by a 37-16 count at game's end.

Richmond generated their 37-point output thanks to Matt Schwab to Joe D'Haene 36-yard touchdown pass (followed by a successful extra-point kick courtesy of Andy Malburg); a Schwab to Malburg 36-yard touchdown pass (followed by an accurate extra-point boot from Malburg); a 27-yard field goal by Malburg; a Jesse Meininger 46-yard touchdown run (followed by a successful extra-point kick from Malburg); a Meininger 27-yard interception return for a touchdown (followed by an accurate extra-point boot courtesy of Justin Schnurer); a Schnurer 36-yard field goal; and a Schnurer 26-yard field goal.

Imlay City amassed their 16-point total aided by a Darren Saunders to Mike Guerrero 84-yard touchdown pass (followed by a PAT tote from Frank Palermo); and a Cruz Medrano 27-yard touchdown run (followed by a Saunders to D.J. Salet PAT pass).

For the evening, Saunders completed 17 of 32 pass plays for 225 yards as Imlay City's quarterback. He was intercepted four times en route to those numbers.

His successful tosses went to five different targets. Guerrero (six catches for 142 yards), Mason Duke (five reception for 35 yards), Cody Slingerland (three catches for nine yards), Adam Van Dyk (two receptions for 30 yards) and Medrano (one catch for nine yards) formed that group.

Imlay City added 125 rushing yards, requiring 25 totes.

Individually, Palermo led Imlay City with 40 yards on 10 totes. Medrano (six rushes for 34 yards) backed his effort. The remaining nine Spartan totes netted a combined 51-yard gain.

Duke (10) and Ryan Baker (four) notched Imlay City's best solo tackle outputs. Cody Slingerland, Mitch Rheaume and Chris Walters added three solos each to the Spartans' cause.

The visitors also collected one takeaway. Salet (an interception) supplied that.

Imlay City returns to action this Friday when it entertains Blue Water Area Conference rival Armada. That encounter, Imlay City's homecoming, is scheduled for 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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