March 24 • 11:41 AM

Imlay City wins homecoming

Spartans shut down Tigers for second win of season

October 17, 2007
IMLAY CITY — Imlay City claimed a 25-14 homecoming win against Armada in a Blue Water Area Conference varsity football game last Friday night.

With the decision, Imlay City improves to 2-6 and 2-5. Armada slips to 1-7 and 0-7.

"We got out to a great start tonight," Imlay City Coach John Forti said. "It was our homecoming and the kids came out fired up," he noted.

Imlay City quarterback Darren Saunders looks to score in his team’s homecoming game versus Armada last Friday. Imlay City won 25-14. photo by Randy Jorgensen.
"By halftime we had a 22-0 lead. They came back some during the final quarter but we held them off."

In Friday's game, Imlay City jumped out to a 15-0 lead after one quarter was complete.

The next 12-minute stretch saw Imlay City collect seven points, while allowing Armada none.

That made it 22-0, Imlay City, at the halftime break.

The third quarter was scoreless.

Armada then put together a 14-3 fourth quarter rally, only to fall by a 25-14 count when the final scores were added up.

Imlay City logged their winning 25-point output aided by a 19-yard touchdown pass from Darren Saunders to Mason Duke (followed by a PAT tote by Cruz Medrano); a 20-yard touchdown pass from Saunders to D.J. Salet (followed by a successful extra-point kick courtesy of Salet); a Saunders eight-yard touchdown run (followed by an accurate extra-point boot by Salet); and a 29-yard field by Salet.

Armada produced their 14-point total thanks to a Ken Dittenber 15-yard touchdown run; and a 35-yard touchdown pass from Jordan Krause to Jared Wozniak (followed by a PAT pass from Krause to Adam Duncan).

For the evening, Saunders completed nine of 17 pass plays for 121 yards as Imlay City's quarterback. He threw zero interceptions en route to those numbers.

His successful tosses went to six different targets. Their ranks consisted of Duke (three catches for 68 yards), Salet (two receptions for 29 yards), John Aversano (one catch for 10 yards), Cody Slingerland (one reception for eight yards), Mike Guerrero (one catch for seven yards) and Frank Palermo (one reception for a one-yard loss).

The Imlay City ground attack wound up with 200 yards on 30 totes. Slingerland (three rushes for 74 yards), Saunders (56 yards on seven totes), Palermo (14 rushes for 41 yards), Medrano (19 yards on five totes) and Ryan Baker (one rush for nine yards) made that output possible.

Duke paced the Imlay City defense with 11 solos. Adam Van Dyk (four solos) along with Mitch Rheaume, Baker, Salet and Saunders (three each) followed.

Salet added an interception to Imlay City's cause.

Imlay City closes out their 2007 slate this Friday when it entertains Lake Fenton in a non-league clash. That matchup 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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