March 24 • 12:30 PM

Imlay City stuns Algonac, 33-20, notches first win

October 03, 2007
IMLAY CITY — The Imlay City varsity football team reached the win column for the first time this season, accomplishing the feat with a 33-20 road triumph against Algonac in a Blue Water Area Conference clash last Friday night.

With the decision, Imlay City moves to 1-5 and 1-4. Algonac drops to 2-4 and 2-3.

Guerrero photo by Kevin Kissane.
"We knew coming in that keeping their passing game in check would be a key," Imlay City Coach John Forti said. "That was something we emphasized all week during our practices," he noted.

"We allowed just 53 yards through the air and intercepted five passes. Those stats were the difference in tonight's game."

In Friday's clash, Imlay City jumped out to a 14-6 advantage after one quarter was complete.

Algonac then bounced back with an 8-6 second quarter edge.

That made it 20-14, Imlay City, at the halftime break.

Imlay City then used a 7-6 third quarter advantage and a 6-0 fourth quarter edge to close out a 33-20 victory.

The winning Imlay City side produced their 33-point output aided by a Mason Duke to Mike Guerrero 68-yard touchdown pass; a Darren Saunders to Mike Guerrero 25-yard touchdown pass (followed by a Saunders PAT tote); a Saunders to Guerrero eight-yard touchdown pass; a five-yard touchdown run by Cruz Medrano (followed by a successful extra-point kick courtesy of D.J. Salet); and a five-yard touchdown run by Cody Slingerland.

For the evening, Saunders completed 12 of 20 pass plays for 170 yards as Imlay City's quarterback. He threw zero interceptions en route to those numbers.

Duke was the other Imlay City player who opted to air out the football. He finished one of two for 68 yards and did not throw any interceptions.

Their successful tosses went to five different targets. Guerrero (five catches for 126 yards), Salet (three receptions for 43 yards), Slingerland (two catches for 26 yards), Duke (two receptions for 23 yards) and John Aversano (one catch for 20 yards) comprised that group.

The Imlay City ground game added 90 yards on 38 totes.

Individually, Frank Palermo (14 rushes for 57 yards) and Saunders (37 yards on 15 totes) posted the best Imlay City credentials.

Josh Timmer and Duke paced Imlay City's defense with four solo stops each. Ryan Baker, Adam Van Dyk Mitch Rheaume, Salet and Palermo added three solos apiece to the Spartans' cause.

The victorious Imlay City side also collected five takeaways. Guerrero (three interceptions) along with Duke and Van Dyk (one each) furnished those.

Imlay City returns to action this Friday when it goes to Richmond for a Blue Water Area Conference matchup. That meeting is slated to get underway at 6:55 p.m.

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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