Almont rolls, 27-0 in opener
Rain delays start, but doesn't dampen Raider win
|Steve McClure, of Almont, stops the progress of Lakeville’s Chris Griffin on a carry during Saturday’s gridiron confrontation. photo by Kevin Kissane.|
August 29, 2007ALMONT — The Almont varsity football team opened their 2007 season with a 27-0 win against visiting non-conference foe Lakeville last Saturday.
The contest was originally slated for Friday night, but threatening weather conditions forced the game to the following night.
"It feels good to open with a win," Almont Coach Jeremy Ferman said. "Any-time you can get a 'W' it is a good thing," he noted.
With that said, we have to get a lot better by next Thursday night when we play Yale. They are a much improved ballclub."
In Saturday's contest, Almont wasted little time putting up the game's first points.
It would take them just 1:26 to accomplish the feat, capitalizing on a Steven Mack touchdown run encompassing 47 yards of territory. The extra-point kick failed, keeping Almont's lead at 6-0 with 10:34 showing on the first quarter clock.
The next Almont offensive series would also draw to a close with a touchdown. This time it was Steve Brohl who finished it off with a 28-yard scoring pass to Neal Zott.
Steve Kunz followed it up with an accurate extra-point boot, upping his team's lead to 13-0 with 6:23 left during quarter number one.
Almont then widened the gap to 20-0 on an Eric Mann one-yard touchdown tote and a successful extra-point kick courtesy of Kunz with 3:15 showing on the second quarter clock.
The remainder of half number one was scoreless.
Almont would visit the endzone one more time that evening. Brohl saw to it when he delivered a one-yard touchdown run with 10:29 showing on the fourth quarter clock. Kunz's extra-point boot proved true, giving his team a 27-0 lead at the time.
That would prove the last points of the evening.
On the night, Brohl completed four of 10 pass plays for 78 yards as Almont's quarterback.
His successful tosses were distributed to three different targets. Their ranks consisted of Zott (two catches for 32 yards), Paul Parzynski (one reception for 30 yards) and Brian Thomas (one catch for 16 yards).
The Almont ground game added 221 yards on 31 totes. Mack (nine rushes for 101 yards), Josh Walker (78 yards on six totes), Eric Mann (seven rushes for 53 yards) and Mark Mersino (19 yards on two totes) posted their best numbers. The remaining seven Raider rushes netted a combined 30-yard loss.
Joe Tiseo and Jeff Simian led the Almont defense. They were credited with nine and eight solo stops, respectively. Ben Strouse (six solo tackles), Ethan Coucke and Parzynski (five each), Andy Grant (four) and Mike Owen (three) supported their performances.
The winning Almont side also managed one takeaway that evening. Mack (an interception) notched that.
Almont returns to action this Thursday when it hosts Yale. The meeting, involving Blue Water Area Conference rivals, lists a 6:55 p.m. starting time.
Sports Editor, Kevin Kissane has been covering sports for the Tri-City Times for over 20 years and is one of the most recognizable personalities in the area. Kevin when not covering anything from little league baseball to football, or softball to basketball, can be found on the links playing his favorite sport, golf.