October 03, 2007 ALMONT — Almont used a 21-12 second half advantage to close out a 40-27 road win against Armada in a Blue Water Area Conference varsity football meeting last Friday night.
With the outcome, Almont moves to 6-0 and 5-0. Armada drops to 1-5 and 0-5.
"I give Armada a lot of credit," Almont Coach Jeremy Ferman said. "They are a lot better than their 1-5 record suggests," he noted.
"For us, it was a win and we are back in the playoffs for the second straight year. We also had a lot at stake as far as the league race was concerned and I was happy how we responded."
In Friday's meeting, Almont took a 13-7 advantage after one quarter was complete.
The second quarter would see Armada whittle away part of their deficit.
Aided by an 8-6 edge there, Armada closed the gap to 19-15 at the halftime break.
When the action resumed, Almont bounced back with a 14-6 third quarter edge.
That staked Almont to a 33-21 cushion at the 36-minute mark.
Almont followed it up with a 7-6 fourth quarter edge, putting the finishing touches on a 40-27 win.
The victorious Almont side amassed their 40-point total thanks to a Steve Brohl one-yard touchdown run (followed by a successful extra-point kick by Steve Kunz); a Brohl to Josh Walker 15-yard touchdown pass collaboration; a Brohl to Neal Zott 11-yard touchdown pass; a Mark Mersino four-yard touchdown run (followed by an accurate extra-point boot from Kunz); an Eric Mann 24-yard touchdown tote (followed by a successful extra-point kick courtesy of Kunz); and a Brohl to Zott 62-yard touchdown pass (followed by an accurate extra-point boot from Kunz). Those tallies came 6:50 before the opening quarter was to end; with 1:37 showing on the first quarter clock; 8:09 before the second quarter was to end; with 10:16 showing on the third quarter clock; 4:34 before the third quarter was to end; and with 8:45 showing on the fourth quarter clock.
For the evening, Steve Brohl connected on six of 14 pass plays for 169 yards. He threw no interceptions along the way.
His completions went to two different targets. Zott (five catches for 154 yards) and Walker (one reception for 15 yards) formed that group.
The Almont ground attack added 300 yards on 47 totes.
Individually, Mann (16 rushes for 159 yards) led Almont. He was backed by Mark Mersino (72 yards on nine totes), Steven Mack (12 rushes for 56 yards) and Walker (22 yards on six totes). The remaining four Raider rushes netted a combined nine-yard loss.
Ethan Coucke supplied the best Almont solo tackle output. He was credited with nine stops. Mack added seven solo stops to the Raiders' cause.
The Almont defense also collected three takeaways. Mike Owen and Zott (an interception apiece) along with Mack (a fumble recovery) furnished those.
Almont will look to keep their perfect record intact this Friday when it hosts BWAC rival Capac. The contest, Almont's homecoming, 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.