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Cros-Lex sneaks past Imlay City in final minute



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September 12, 2007
IMLAY CITY — A 14-6 fourth quarter advantage lifted visiting Cros-Lex to a 33-25 victory over Imlay City in a Blue Water Area Conference varsity football battle last Friday night.

With the decision, Cros-Lex ups its mark to 1-2 and 1-1. Imlay City watches their record slip to 0-3 and 0-2.

"The kids played hard again this week," Imlay City Coach John Forti said. "They are still learning a new system and are getting better each time out," he noted.

"We were in it to the very end. I was pleased with the way they fought hard to the final whistle."

In Friday's battle, Imlay City grabbed an 11-6 edge after one quarter had ended.

Imlay City followed it up with an 8-6 second quarter advantage.

That made it 19-12, Imlay City, at the halftime break.

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Imlay City’s David Sears works for extra yardage on a carry versus Blue Water Area Conference counterpart Cros-Lex last Friday. photo by Kevin Kissane.
When the action resumed, Cros-Lex struck with a 7-0 third quarter edge.

That knotted the scoreboard count at 19-19 at the 36-minute mark.

Cros-Lex then outscored Imlay City 14-6 from that point on, all of that edge during the final minute of play, to pull out the win.

The winning Cros-Lex side produced their 33-point output thanks to a Cameron Barrett four-yard touchdown run; a Barrett eight-yard touchdown run; a Barrett four-yard touchdown run (followed by a successful extra-point kick courtesy of Jason Myers); a Brad Seidl one-yard touchdown run (followed by an accurate extra-point boot by Myers); and a Seidl recovery of an opposing fumble in the endzone for a touchdown (followed by a successful extra-point kick courtesy of Myers).

Imlay City managed their 25-point total aided by a D.J. Salet 27-yard field goal; a Cruz Medrano 48-yard touchdown run (followed by a David Sears PAT tote); a Jon Aversano to Mason Duke 77-yard touchdown pass (followed by a Darren Saunders PAT run); and a Medrano five-yard touchdown tote.

For the evening, Aversano finished six of 18 for 165 yards as Imlay City's quarterback. He threw two interceptions en route to those numbers.

His successful tosses went to five different targets. Medrano (two catches for 47 yards), Duke (one reception for 77 yards), Salet (one catch for 17 yards) and Adam Van Dyk (one reception for 15 yards) and Mike Guerrero (one catch for six yards) formed that group.

Saunders was the other Imlay City player who opted to air out the football. He was zero of two with one interception.

The Imlay City ground attack added 218 yards on 38 totes.

Individually, Medrano (14 rushes for 119 yards) and David Sears (90 yards on 19 totes) logged their top numbers. The remaining five Spartan carries netted nine yards.

From a defensive standpoint, Imlay City was led by Ryan Baker, Duke and Sears. They contributed seven solo stops apiece. Saunders (five solo tackles) plus Cody Slingerland and Van Dyk (four each) supported their performances.

The Imlay City defense also collected three takeaways. Sears and Saunders (an interception apiece) and Mitch Rheaume (a fumble recovery) furnished those.

Imlay City returns to action this Friday when it entertains Yale. The contest, 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.
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