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Almont's Jack Paupert looks to pick up a first down during Thursday's BWAC game at Algonac. photo by Ciindy Finn.

September 06, 2017
ALMONT — Almont returned from Algonac with a 28-7 loss in a Blue Water Area Conference varsity football meeting last Thursday night.

With the decision, Algonac raises its mark to 1-1 and 1-0. Almont watches their record slip to 1-1 and 0-1.

"Thursday's game was a hard fought battle between two good programs with tough defenses," Almont Coach James Leusby commented. "Unfortunately, they made the plays on the offensive side of the ball and that is why they won," he noted.

"We will use the game to coach our players on the small details of technique that have been a big part of our program. Our next game at Capac will be another tough BWAC test. We will have to play a great game to beat them."

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In Thursday's meeting, Almont and Algonac ended quarter number one with seven points apiece.

Quarter two saw Algonac collect 14 points and Almont manage none, giving them a 21-7 advantage at the halftime break.

That was followed by a scoreless third quarter.

Algonac then outscored Almont 7-0 the rest of the way, finishing off a 28-7 win.

Almont produced their seven-point output courtesy of a Jace Rinke 29-yard touchdown run (followed by an accurate extra point boot from Ethan Hall).

For the evening, Clay Schapman connected on two of 12 pass plays for 19 yards as Almont's quarterback. He threw zero interceptions along the way.

Max Brombach was the other Almont player who opted to air out the football. His lone attempt went for a 10-yard completion.

Chase Kapron had both of Almont's receptions.

The Almont ground attack managed 164 yards on 43 totes.

Individually, Schapman (nine rushes for 43 yards) and Rinke (40 yards on seven totes) headlined. The remaining 27 Raider rushes netted a combined 81-yard gain.

Martin Saavedra (seven solo tackles) paced Almont's defense. Jacob Hausmann (five unassisted and one assisted stop), Rinke (four solo and one assisted tackle) and Blake Kapron (three unassisted and one assisted stop) made their presence felt as well.

Jacob* Huemiller (a fumble recovery) supplied the lone Almont takeaway.

Almont will look to bounce back this Friday when it travels to Capac for a Blue Water Area Conference game. That encounter begins at 7 p.m.

Kevin Kissane has been covering high school sports for the Tri-City Times since 1985. When not standing on a field or court with his camera and notepad, he enjoys golf, travel and family. Kevin is a 1980 graduate of Capac High School, and is also a grad of St. Clair Community College and earned a degree in journalism from Central Michigan University.
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