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Almont wraps up title


Delivers knockout punch to Richmond, 28-14



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October 17, 2007
ALMONT — The Almont varsity football team (8-0, 7-0) saw to it that the Blue Water Area Conference title would belong to them at night's end, registering a 28-14 road triumph against Richmond (6-2, 5-2) in a Blue Water Area Conference varsity football showdown last Friday.

"I was very proud of the way we played tonight," Almont Coach Jeremy Ferman said. "The intensity we brought to the field enabled us to win our first outright title since the BWAC was formed," he noted.

"Give Richmond credit, they played us tough. Hopefully, we can follow it up with a win at Cass City next week. If we win there, we will probably get to host an opening round playoff game."

In Friday's showdown, Almont took a 7-0 edge after one quarter was complete.

Richmond then bounced back with a 7-0 second quarter advantage.

That made it a 7-7 ballgame at the halftime break.

When the action resumed, Almont bounced back with a 14-7 third quarter edge.

That staked Almont to a 21-7 cushion at the 36-minute mark.

Almont and Richmond then logged seven points each the rest of the way, leaving the former with a 28-14 win to celebrate when the final second ticked off the clock.

The winning Almont side generated their 28-point output aided by a Steve Brohl to Josh Walker 26-yard touchdown pass (followed by a successful extra-point kick courtesy of Steve Kunz); a Brohl to Neal Zott 65-yard touchdown pass (followed by an accurate extra-point boot from Brohl); a Brohl to Zott 69-yard touchdown toss (followed by a successful extra-point kick courtesy of Brohl); and a Mark Mersino 65-yard touchdown run (followed by an accurate extra-point boot from Brohl). Those tallies came with 5:18 showing on the first quarter clock; 5:52 to play until halftime; with 1:41 showing on the third quarter clock; and 10:23 before the contest was to end.

Richmond logged their 14-point total thanks to a Jesse Meininger touchdown run encompassing 55 yards of territory (followed by a successful extra-point kick courtesy of Justin Schnurer) and a Meininger one-yard touchdown run (followed by an accurate extra-point boot from Schnurer). Their scores happened 11:33 before the opening half was to end and with 1:10 showing on the fourth quarter clock.

On the evening, Brohl completed 12 of 15 pass plays for 273 yards as Almont's quarterback. He threw no interceptions en route to those numbers.

His successful tosses were distributed to different targets. Their ranks consisted of Zott (eight catches for 223 yards), Walker (two receptions for 33 yards), Brian Thomas (one catch for 12 yards) and Steven Mack (one reception for five yards).

The Almont ground attack also proved effective, chewing up 137 yards of territory on 31 totes.

Individually, Mersino led Almont with five rushes for 86 yards. Eric Mann (32 yards on 10 totes), Mack (nine rushes for 19 yards) and Walker (16 yards on three totes) supported his performance. The remaining four Raider rushes netted a combined 16-yard loss.

Ethan Coucke paced the Almont defense with eight solo tackles. Mike Owen and Steven Mack (seven solos stops apiece) made their whereabouts known as well.

The Almont defense also collected one takeaway en route to the favorable verdict. Zott (an interception) furnished that.

Almont returns to action this Friday when it travels to Cass City. The contest, the regular season finale for both combatants, 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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