Curtis Homer, of Imlay City, heads up the field en route to a first down during his team's BWAC game against Capac last Friday. photo by Kevin Kissane.
October 04, 2017TRI-CITY AREA — Imlay City kept Capac from winning its homecoming game, prevailing 61-19 in a Blue Water Area Conference varsity football encounter last Friday night.
With the decision, Imlay City goes to 1-5 and 1-4. Capac drops to 0-6 and 0-5.
"Our team came ready to play from the opening kickoff," Imlay City Coach Steve Lestage said. "I thought our offense showed a nice mix of run and pass and helped get us the early advantage," he noted.
"We will need to have a great week of preparation with Richmond coming up next for our homecoming."
On the opposite sideline, Capac Coach Bill Nestle said it was his team's errors early on that proved too big of an obstacle to overcome.
"I am pretty disappointed with our turnovers," Nestle commented "We had too many in the first half and that allowed Imlay City to get out to a big lead," he noted.
In Friday's encounter, Imlay City bolted out to a 32-6 advantage after one quarter was over with.
Quarter two would see Imlay City continue to pull away. It was there they generated 16 points and Capac managed none, leaving them with a 48-6 halftime lead to protect.
When the action resumed, Imlay City struck with a 13-6 third quarter edge. That pushed their cushion to 61-12 with 36 minutes gone.
Capac then outscored Imlay City 7-0 the rest of the way, only to drop a 61-19 verdict at night's end.
Imlay City amassed their winning 61-point total thanks to a Curtis Homer 39-yard touchdown run (followed by a Homer PAT tote); a Homer 11-yard touchdown run (followed by a Homer PAT tote); a Homer eight-yard touchdown run (followed by a Homer PAT tote); a Luke Forti to Noah Galbraith 50-yard touchdown pass (followed by a Homer PAT tote); a Forti to Galbraith nine-yard touchdown pass (followed by a Homer PAT tote); a Hunter Mullins 52-yard fumble recovery that was returned for a touchdown; a Kyle Kulin one-yard touchdown run; and a Kulin 43-yard touchdown run (followed by an accurate extra point boot from Bruce Bollini.
Capac generated their 19-point output aided by a Brandon Muzljakovich to Jordan Hellmuth 35-yard touchdown pass; a Jake Sawyers nine-yard touchdown run; and a Sawyers six-yard touchdown run (followed by a successful extra point kick courtesy of Ben Geliske).
For the night, Forti completed eight of 13 pass plays for 157 yards as Imlay City's quarterback. He threw no interceptions along the way.
His successful tosses were distributed to four different targets. Galbraith (three catches for 68 yards), Reid Bannister (three receptions for 40 yards), Alex Robles (one catch for 38 yards) and Lonnie Wolford (one reception for 11 yards) formed that group.
The Imlay City ground attack chewed up 238 yards of territory on 26 totes.
Homer (18 rushes for 131 yards) and Kulin (83 yards on five totes) proved Imlay City's toughest player to stop. The remaining three Spartan rushes netted a combined 24-yard gain.
Wesley Hampton (one solo and seven assists), Brandon Rugenstein (four solos and two assists) and Joe Harper (three solos and three assists) registered Imlay City's highest tackle totals. Bannister (three solos and two assists) supported their performances.
The Imlay City defense also contributed three takeaways. Homer (an interception) plus Hunter Mullins and Harper (a fumble recovery each) furnished those.
For the evening, Muzljakovich connected on 15 of 24 pass plays for 218 yards as Capac's quarterback.
Brad Schaefer (five catches for 90 yards) and Sawyers (four receptions for 54 yards) proved his favorite targets. The Chiefs had six other catches for a combined 74-yard gain.
The Capac ground attack managed 72 yards.
Sawyers (six rushes for 55 yards) proved Capac's most productive ballcarrier.
Danny Navarro (five solos and one assist) and Sawyers (three solos and three assists) notched Capac's top tackle outputs. They were backed by Muzljakovich and Hellmith (three solos and one assist each), Omar Navarro (two solos and two assists) and Thomas Tyson (one solo and three assists).
Imlay City will look to make it two wins in a row this Friday when it entertains Richmond in their homecoming game, while Capac hopes to bounce back when it heads to Cros-Lex. Both BWAC clashes list 7 p.m. starting times.
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.