Almont's Colby Schapman makes a catch during his team's 28-3 win against Yale last Friday night. photo by Cindy Finn.
October 11, 2017
ALMONT — The Almont varsity football team now stands just a win away from securing a state playoff appearance, accomplishing the feat with a 28-3 road triumph against Yale in Blue Water Area Conference action last Friday night.
With the decision, Almont moves to 5-2 and 4-2. Yale slips to 3-4 and 3-3.
"The boys came to play tonight," Almont Coach James Leusby said. "We were ready for a physical game and that is what we saw tonight," he noted.
"I am so proud of the way the guys responded after last week's loss. We had four players/starters out and we needed to have guys step up in a big way. We simplified our schemes and the players executed the game plans perfectly. We will now focus on a spread offense with a good quarterback and good receivers as well as a defense that has improved throughout the season."
In Friday's matchup, Almont took a 7-0 edge after one quarter was complete.
Quarter number two saw Almont generate 14 points and Yale manage none. That left Almont with a 21-0 halftime lead to protect.
When the action resumed, Almont continued to pull away. Aided by a 7-0 third quarter edge, the Raiders widened the gap to 28-0 with 36 minutes gone.
Yale then outscored Almont 3-0 the rest of the way, only to drop a 28-3 verdict.
Almont produced their 28-point total aided by a Jack Paupert 41-yard touchdown run (followed by a successful extra point kick courtesy of Ethan Hall); a Garrett Ruhala six-yard touchdown run (followed by an accurate extra point boot from Hall); a Ruhala three-yard touchdown run (followed by a successful extra point kick by Hall); and a Ruhala one-yard touchdown run (followed by an accurate extra point boot from Hall).
For the evening, Clay Schapman completed two of five pass plays for 60 yards as Almont's quarterback. He threw zero interceptions en route to those numbers.
His successful tosses went to two different targets. Their ranks consisted of Colby Schapman (one catch for 39 yards) and Chase Kapron (one reception for 21 yards)
The Almont ground attack chewed up 295 yards of territory on 36 totes.
Paupert (five rushes for 120 yards), Colton Kruse (100 yards on 11 totes) and Ruhala (11 rushes for 85 yards) proved Almont's most productive ballcarriers. The remaining nine Raider rushes netted a combined 10-yard loss.
Blake Kapron (eight solos and two assists), Hall (five solos and three assists) and Jacob Hausmann (five solos and two assists) posted Almont's highest tackle outputs. Schapman (three solos and one assist) and Kruse (one solo and three assists) supported their performances.
Almont will look to add to their win total this Friday when it entertains Imlay City. The clash, Almont's homecoming, lists a 7 p.m. starting time.
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.