June 17 11:16 AM

Almont overpowers Algonac, 43-14

Raiders end five-game losing skid to Muskrats, remain undefeated

September 12, 2018
ALMONT — Almont saw to it they would have cause to celebrate when the final scores were added up, registering a 43-14 triumph against visiting Algonac in a Blue Water Area Conference varsity football confrontation last Friday night.

With the final, Almont improves to 3-0 and 2-0. Algonac slips to 0-3 and 0-2.

"We played well tonight," Almont Coach James Leusby said. "The players executed the game plans to perfection," he noted.

"We focused on the details of our offense all week in practice and it showed tonight. The players understood it has been five straight losses to Algonac and they were not going to let it be six. We will enjoy this one for tonight and start focusing on a good North Branch team Saturday."

In Friday's confrontation, Almont bolted out to a 14-0 advantage after one quarter was over with.

Quarter two saw Almont generate eight points as did Algonac, making it a 22-8 ballgame at the halftime break.

When the action resumed, Almont continued to pull away. Aided by a 21-0 third quarter edge, the Raiders pushed their cushion to 43-8 with 36 minutes gone.

Almont's Max Brombach looks to elude an Algonac tackler in Friday's BWAC football confrontation. photo by Kevin Kissane.
Algonac then outscored Almont 6-0 the rest of the way, only to drop a 43-14 verdict.

Almont produced their winning 43-point total aided by a Jace Rinke 49-yard touchdown run; a Josh Hellebuyck to Colby Schapman 25-yard touchdown pass (followed by a PAT pass from Hellebuyck to Schapman); a Hellebuyck to Schapman 14-yard touchdown pass (followed by a PAT tote from Jack Paupert); a Paupert five-yard touchdown run (followed by a successful extra point kick courtesy of Michael Lulgjuraj); a Lulgjuraj 59-yard touchdown run; and a Lulgjuraj 37-yard touchdown run (followed by a Paupert PAT tote).

For the night, Hellebuyck completed five of six pass plays for 64 yards as Almont's quarterback. He threw zero interceptions along the way.

Schapman (three catches for 53 yards), Lulgjuraj (one reception for seven yards) and Rinke (one reception for four yards) had Almont's receptions.

The Almont ground attack chewed up 309 yards of territory on 44 totes.

Lulgjuraj (seven rushes for 111 yards), Paupert (108 yards on 15 totes) and Rinke (five rushes for 62 yards) proved Almont's most productive ballcarriers. The remaining 17 Raider rushes netted a combined 28-yard gain.

Paupert (six solos and two assists) plus Blake Kapron and Jacob Hausmann (three solos and two assists each) furnished Almont's highest tackle outputs.

Almont notched one takeaway. Paupert (an interception) notched that.

The Raiders of Almont High School will look to keep their perfect record intact this Friday when they entertain North Branch (3-0, 2-0). The Blue Water Area Conference clash 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.
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