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Imlay falls on homecoming night, 34-6


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A pair of Imlay City's defenders wrap up a Richmond ballcarrier in Friday's game. photo by Kevin Kissane.

October 11, 2017
IMLAY CITY — Imlay City wound up on the losing side of a 34-6 outcome to visiting Richmond in a Blue Water Area Conference varsity football homecoming clash last Friday night.

With the decision, Richmond raises its mark to 7-0 and 6-0. Imlay City falls to 1-6 and 1-5.

"Richmond has a solid team," Imlay City Coach Steve Lestage said. "We had a hard time stopping their balanced attack all night," he noted.

"We had players in position to make the plays, but were unable to do so. We will have to play better next week if we face another quality team in Almont at their place."

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In Friday's clash, Richmond grabbed a 14-6 edge after one quarter was over with.

Richmond then struck with a 20-0 second quarter advantage, pushing their lead to 34-6 at the halftime break.

That was followed by a scoreless third quarter.

Neither side would score the rest of the way, leaving Richmond with a 34-6 victory to celebrate at night's end.

Curtis Homer provided the lone Imlay City touchdown, returning a kickoff 75 yards to accomplish the feat.

For the night, Luke Forti completed 10 of 18 pass plays for 114 yards as Imlay City's quarterback.

His successful tosses went to five different targets. Their ranks consisted of Reid Bannister (six catches for 40 yards), Manny Ortiz (one reception for 48 yards), Noah Galbraith (one catch for 12 yards), Lonnie Wolford (one reception for eight yards) and Alex Robles (one catch for six yards).

Cooper Armstrong was the other Imlay City player who opted to air out the football. He connected on three of nine pass plays for 46 yards.

His completions went to two different targets. Riley Bertram (two catches for 26 yards) and Brandon Rugentstein (one reception for 22 yards) formed that group.

The Imlay City ground attack managed 46 yards on 14 totes.

Individually, Homer (five rushes for 28 yards) headlined for Imlay City. The remaining nine Spartan carries netted a combined 18-yard gain.

Bannister (five solos and nine assists) and Joe Harper (three solos and five assists) paced Imlay City's defense. Hunter Mullins (six assists) and Kyle Kulin (one solo and five assists) made their whereabouts felt as well.

The Imlay City defense registered a pair of takeaways. Harper and Bannister (a fumble recovery each) furnished those.

Imlay City will look to bounce back when they travel to Almont this Friday. The contest, Almont's homecoming, 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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