ALMONT — Almont is on their way to the state playoffs once again following a 47-7 road triumph against Armada in a Blue Water Area Conference varsity football matchup last Friday night.
With the outcome, Almont improves to 6-0 and 5-0. Armada slips to 1-5 and 1-4.
In Friday's matchup, Almont forged a 27-0 advantage after one quarter was history and when halftime rolled around found themselves ahead 47-0.
That was followed by a scoreless third quarter of play.
Almont's Jace Rinke (R) looks to haul in a reception as an Armada player defends in a BWAC football battle last Friday night. photo by Helfer Photography.
Armada then outscored Almont 7-0 the rest of the way, only to fall 47-7 when the final scores were added up.
The victorious Almont side managed posted their 47-point total aided by a Josh Hellebuyck to Colby Schapman 35-yard touchdown pass (followed by a successful extra point kick courtesy of Michael Lulgjuraj); a Hellebuyck to Colton Kruse 52-yard touchdown pass (followed by an accurate extra point boot from Lulgjuraj); a Lulgjuraj 60-yard touchdown run; a Hellebuyck to Schapman 18-yard touchdown pass (followed by a successful extra point kick courtesy of Lulgjuraj); a Hellebuyck to Jace Rinke 18-yard touchdown pass; a Rinke 15-yard touchdown run (followed by an accurate extra point boot from Lulgjuraj); and a Rinke 67-yard touchdown run (followed by a successful extra point kick courtesy of Lulgjuraj.
For the night, Hellebuyck wound up six of seven for 138 yards as Almont's quarterback. He threw one interception along the way.
His successful tosses went to four different targets. Their ranks consisted of Kruse (two catches for 67 yards), Schapman (two receptions for 53 yards), Rinke (one catch for 18 yards) and Jack Paupert (one catch for no gain).
The Almont ground attack added 314 on 21 totes.
Lulgjuraj (three totes for 134 yards), Rinke (82 yards on two rushes) and Kruse (two totes for 39 yards) proved Almont's toughest players to contain. The remaining 14 Raider rushes netted a combined 59-yard gain.
Lucas DeLaurier (five solos and one assist), Jacob Burchi (five solos), Michael Rinke (four solos and one assist), Nolan Panduren (three solos and one assist) and Max Brombach (two solos and two assists) posted Almont's top tackle totals.
The Almont defense also notched a pair of takeaways. Aidan Powell (an interception) and Austin Cody (a fumble recovery) furnished those.
Almont will look to keep their perfect record intact this Friday when they host Blue Water Area Conference rival Richmond. That confrontation is slated to get underway at 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.