September 12, 2007 CAPAC — Richmond turned back visiting Capac, 35-20, in a Blue Water Area Conference varsity football meeting last Friday night.
With the final, Richmond improves to 3-0 and 2-0. Capac drops to 2-1 and 1-1.
"We dug ourselves a hole early on," Capac Coach Tom Manney said. "Richmond was up 21-0 on us before we knew what hit us," he noted.
"After that we settled down and played much better. We were able to close to 21-14 after three quarters but Richmond was able to hold us off."
In Friday's meeting, Richmond bolted out to a 21-0 cushion after one quarter had ended.
That was followed by a scoreless second quarter.
When the action resumed, Capac bounced back with a 14-0 third quarter edge.
That left Richmond holding a 21-14 advantage at the time.
Richmond then outscored Capac 14-6 the rest of the way, closing out a favorable 35-20 verdict.
The victorious Richmond side posted their 35-point total aided by a Joe D'Haene one-yard touchdown run (followed by a successful extra-point kick courtesy of Andy Malburg); a Jerome Lasinski one-yard touchdown tote (followed by an accurate extra-point boot from Malburg); a Devin Leach to D'Haene 32-yard touchdown pass (followed by a successful extra-point kick courtesy of Malburg); a Jesse Meininger nine-yard touchdown run (followed by an accurate extra-point boot from Malburg); and a Tyler Rapley four-yard touchdown run (followed by a successful extra-point kick courtesy of Malburg).
Capac countered with a Jon Botwin two-yard touchdown tote (followed by a successful extra-point kick courtesy of Chee Vang); a Chris Bruce 34-yard touchdown run (followed by an accurate extra-point boot from Vang); and a Botwin to Kevin Bollaert 10-yard touchdown pass.
For the evening, Botwin finished 11 of 21 for 78 yards as Capac's quarterback. He threw one interception en route to those numbers.
His successful tosses went to three different targets. Their ranks consisted of Siewert (six catches for 52 yards), Bollaert (two receptions for 32 yards) and Joe Johnson (three catches for five yards).
The Capac ground attack wound up with 267 yards on 55 carries.
Individually, Bruce (21 carries for 146 yards) led the way. Botwin (44 yards on 15 totes), Johnson (eight carries for 31 yards) and Mike Walker (30 yards on three totes) followed. The remaining eight Chief carries netted a combined 16-yard gain.
From a defensive standpoint, Walker (10 solos and one assist) paced Capac. Alex Wegner (five solos and one assist), Anthony Theel (four solos) plus Andrew Gutierrez and Shawn Kaiser (three solos each) also exhibited a nose for the football.
Kaiser added a fumble recovery to Capac's cause.
Capac will look to bounce back this Friday when it travels to Algonac for a Blue Water Area Conference encounter. That battle is slated to get underway at 6:55 p.m.
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