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Almont wins homecoming


Raiders hard to stop, hands Capac a 53-26 loss


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Capac’s Jacob Zuby looks to turn a rushing attempt into a first down during Friday’s BWAC football game versus Almont. photo by Kevin Kissane.

October 10, 2007
TRI-CITY AREA — Almont (no. 10, Division 5) claimed a 53-26 homecoming win against Capac in a Blue Water Area Conference varsity football game last Friday night.

With the decision, Almont improves its mark to 7-0 and 6-0. Capac watches their record slip to 3-4 and 2-4.

"It was our homecoming and we came out with a lot of emotion and intensity," Almont Coach Jeremy Ferman said. "We jumped out quickly, but Capac kept fighting back," he noted.

"We have a busy week ahead of us to prepare for a showdown at Richmond. We want that league title."

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On the opposite sideline, Capac Coach Tom Manney gave credit where it was due.

"They beat us up front on both sides of the ball," Manney said. "Almont came ready to play and took control from the start," he noted.

"We settled down and played them much better after the halftime break. It was just too big of a deficit to overcome."

In Friday's game, Almont bolted out to a 19-0 advantage after one quarter was complete.

Almont followed it up with a 14-6 second quarter edge.

That hiked Almont's lead to 33-6 at the midway mark.

When the action resumed, Almont and Capac struck for identical 14-point outputs during the third quarter of play.

That staked Almont to a 47-20 cushion at the 36-minute mark.

Both sides would add six points to their total the rest of the way, leaving Almont with a 53-26 win to their credit.

Almont produced their 53-point total thanks to a Josh Walker 14-yard touchdown run; a Steve Brohl to Neal Zott 59-yard touchdown pass (followed by a successful extra-point kick from Ben McNally); a Mark Mersino 56-yard touchdown run; a Brohl to Zott 11-yard touchdown pass (followed by a Brohl to Brian Thomas PAT pass); an Eric Mann 10-yard touchdown run; a Steve McClure one-yard touchdown run (followed by a successful extra-point kick from McNally); a Mann 62-yard touchdown run (followed by an accurate extra-point boot courtesy of McNally); a McNally 32-yard field goal; and a McNally 21-yard field goal. Those tallies came with 9:45 showing on the first quarter clock; 7:24 before the opening quarter was to end; with 2:58 showing on the opening quarter clock; 10:44 before the second quarter was to end; with 5:05 showing on the second quarter clock; 8:20 before the third quarter was to end; with 3:31 showing on the third quarter clock; 10:05 before the fourth quarter was to end; and with a mere nine ticks showing on the fourth quarter clock.

Capac logged their 26-point output aided by a Jon Botwin to Kevin Bollaert nine-yard touchdown pass; a Botwin 49-yard touchdown run; a Botwin to Tino Siewert 15-yard touchdown pass (followed by a PAT toss from Botwin to Siewert); and a Botwin 15-yard touchdown run. Those scores happened with 52 seconds showing on the second quarter clock; 10:17 before the third quarter was to end; with 3:58 showing on the third quarter clock; and 5:36 before the fourth quarter was to end.

For the evening, Brohl completed eight of 14 pass plays for 161 yards as Almont's quarterback. He threw no interceptions along the way.

His successful tosses went to three different targets. Thomas (four catches for 40 yards), Zott (three receptions for 109 yards) and Walker (one catch for 12 yards) formed that group.

The Almont ground attack managed 425 yards on 36 totes.

Individually, Mann led Almont with 190 yards. It took him 11 totes to produce that output. Steven Mack (10 rushes for 98 yards), Mersino (76 yards on five totes), Walker (three rushes for 34 yards), McClure (32 yards on four totes) supported his performance. The remaining three Raider totes netted a combined five-yard loss.

Mack paced Almont's defense. He was credited with 13 solo stops. Ethan Coucke (11 solos) and Dillon Melly (nine) made their presence felt as well.

The Almont defense also registered one takeaway. Walker (an interception) supplied that.

On the night, Jon Botwin proved true on eight of 15 pass plays for 61 yards as Capac's quarterback. He threw one interception en route to those numbers.

His successful tosses were distributed to three different targets. Their ranks consisted of Siewert (four catches for 29 yards), Bollart (three receptions for 22 yards) and Darren Hunsucker (one catch for 10 yards).

The Capac ground attack added 315 yards on 49 totes.

Individually, Botwin led Capac with 182 rushing yards. It took him 17 totes to amass that output.

Chris Bruce had the next best Capac rushing total, collecting 55 yards on 12 carries. Joe Harvey (nine rushes for 35 yards), Jacob Zuby (25 yards on six totes) and Hunsucker (five rushes for 18 yards) produced the remainder of the Chiefs' output.

Ruben Nino (five solos and six assists) and Anthony Theel (three solos and three assists) posted the highest Capac tackle totals. Chee Vang and Harvey (three solos and two assists each) made their presence felt as well.

Almont and Capac are both slated to hit the highways for their upcoming contests. The former travels to Richmond for a game with BWAC title implications, while the latter travels to Cros-Lex to close out their league slate. Both matchups are scheduled for 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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