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Blue Devils stifle Raiders, 17-7

Almont two wins away from securing state playoff spot

October 04, 2017
ALMONT — Almont wound up on the losing side of a 17-7 road verdict to Richmond in a Blue Water Area Conference varsity a meeting last Friday night.

With the decision, Richmond raises its mark to 6-0 and 5-0. Almont watches their record slip to 4-2 and 3-2 this season.

"It was a rough night tonight for us," Almont Coach James Leusby said. "We just couldn't get out of our way and committed to many penalties," he noted.

"The kids played hard. We just could not find our rhythm. Richmond played a clean game and executed better than we did. We will need to prepare our young team to go up and play against a physical Yale team next week."

In Friday's meeting, Richmond took a 3-0 edge after one quarter was over with.

Almont's Ethan Hall makes a tackle during his team's BWAC clash against Richmond last Friday. photo by Cindy Finn.

Quarter two saw Richmond produce seven points and Almont none, increasing their cushion to 10-0 at the half.

That was followed by a scoreless third quarter.

Richmond and Almont then scored seven points each the rest of the way, leaving the former with a 17-7 win to celebrate.

Almont generated their seven-point total courtesy of a Clay Schapman one-yard touchdown run (followed by a successful extra point boot from Ethan Hall).

For the evening, Schapman completed nine of 19 pass plays for 124 yards as Almont's quarterback. He threw zero interceptions along the way.

His successful tosses were distributed to five different targets. Their ranks consisted of Jack Paupert (four catches for 62 yards), Chase Kapron (two receptions for 33 yards), Hall (one catch for 17 yards), Garrett Ruhala (one reception for 12 yards) and Colton Kruse (one catch for no gain).

The Almont ground attack managed 110 yards on 36 totes.

Individually, Paupert (eight rushes for 48 yards) and Kruse (43 yards on 10 totes) put up Almont's best numbers. The remaining 18 Raider totes netted a combined 19-yard gain.

Ruhala (two solos and five assists) supplied Almont's top tackle totals. Martin Saavedra (six solos), Schapman (four solos and two assists) and Blake Kapron (one solo and five assists) made their presence felt as well.

Almont will look to bounce back this Friday when it travels to Yale for a Blue Water Area Conference game. That clash is scheduled for

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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