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Capac stuns Imlay City, 26-8


Chiefs remain 2-0 on 2007 grid campaign, Spartans 0-2


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Joe Johnson, of Capac, turns it up the field as teammate Ruben Nino provides him with blocking assistance during last Thursday’s BWAC gridiron clash with Imlay City. Capac won the game by a 26-8 score. photo by Kevin Kissane.

September 05, 2007
TRI-CITY AREA — Capac opened up a 19-0 cushion at the halftime break and went on from there to turn back visiting Imlay City, 26-8, in a Blue Water Area Conference varsity football meeting last Thursday night.

With the result, Capac goes to 2-0 and 1-0. Imlay City falls to 0-2 and 0-1.

Capac Coach Tom Manney said his team can take several positives away from the game.

"We got great leadership out there," Manney said. "That was especially true from our seniors," he emphasized.

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"They were exhausted (since many play both ways) at the half but knew they didn't have anything wrapped up. They dug down deep and were able to keep playing hard to the finish."

On the opposite sideline, Imlay City Coach John Forti gave credit to his gridiron counterparts.

"They blocked and tackled and we didn't tonight," Forti said. "Give Capac credit, they were ready for us," he noted.

"We were able to play a little better during the second half. However, by then it wasn't enough to pull it out."

In Thursday's meeting, Capac grabbed a 7-0 edge after one quarter was complete.

It was there Capac collected a three-yard touchdown run by Andrew Gutierrez and a Travis York's extra-point kick proved true. Those points came with 6:39 showing on the first quarter clock.

Quarter number two would see Capac put up 12 points (on a Joe Johnson 14-yard touchdown run with 8:50 to play and a Gutierrez five-yard touchdown tote with 55 seconds remaining).

That productive stretch drew to a close with Capac holding an imposing 19-0 halftime lead.

When the teams returned to the field, Imlay City reached the scoreboard first on the opening drive of the second half. It ended when David Sears punched it in on a tote from one yard out with 5:53 showing on the third quarter clock. Sears added the PAT run as well, trimming his team's deficit to 19-8 at the time.

However, Capac bounced right back.

Just 3:53 later, Jon Botwin hit Tino Siewert with a 12-yard touchdown pass. York followed it up with an accurate extra-point boot, giving his team a 26-8 advantage with 2:00 showing on the third quarter clock. Neither side would score again.

On the night, Botwin completed five of 11 pass plays for 58 yards as Capac's quarterback. He threw zero interceptions en route to those numbers.

His successful tosses went to two different targets. Their ranks consisted of Siewert (four catches for 48 yards) and Bollaert (one reception for 10 yards).

The Capac ground attack added 218 yards on 40 totes.

Individually, Johnson (10 rushes for 95 yards) led Capac. Chris Bruce (30 yards on 10 totes), Botwin (11 rushes for 20 yards) and Siewert (18 yards on one tote) followed. The remaining eight Chief rushes netted a combined 25-yard gain.

Ruben Nino (six solos and four assists) and Anthony Theel (eight solos and one assist) paced Capac's defense. Siewert (four solos and three assists), Shawn Kaiser and York (three solos and two assists each) plus Alex Wegner and Mike Walker (four solos apiece) made their presence felt as well.

The Capac defense also furnished three takeaways. Joe Schram and York (an interception each) and Nino (a fumble recovery) had those.

In defeat, Darren Saunders finished six of 24 for 91 yards as Imlay City's quarterback. He was intercepted twice along the way.

Jon Aversano, his backup, was the other Imlay City player who opted to air out the football. He finished one of four for 23 yards.

Their successful throws were distributed to five different targets. Mason Duke (three catches for 40 yards), Adam Van Dyk (one reception for 27 yards), Thomas Bloomer (one catch for 23 yards), D.J. Salet (one reception for 13 yards) and Mike Guerrero (one catch for 11 yards) formed that group.

The Imlay City ground attack managed 162 yards on 43 totes.

From a defensive standpoint, Ryan Baker and Duke paced Imlay City with eight solo stops apiece. Sears and Salet (five solos each) also exhibited a nose for the football.

Capac and Imlay City return to action this Friday, both squaring off against a Blue Water Area Conference adversary The former travels to Richmond, while the latter hosts Cros-Lex.

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.
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