October 17, 2007 CAPAC — The Capac varsity football team spotted Cros-Lex an 18-0 halftime cushion and that proved to be the difference in a 24-6 Blue Water Area Conference road loss last Friday night.
With the decision, Cros-Lex improves to 3-5 and 3-4. Capac slips to 3-5 and 2-5.
"The opening half was the story of the game," Capac Coach Tom Manney said. "They grabbed an 18-0 lead by halftime," he noted.
"We played them even the rest of the way. The start led to our downfall."
In Friday's clash, Cros-Lex bolted out to a 10-0 advantage after one quarter was complete.
Not content with that cushion, Cros-Lex followed it up with an 8-0 second quarter edge.
That staked Cros-Lex to an imposing 18-0 advantage at the halftime break.
When the action resumed, Capac battled back with a 6-0 third quarter edge.
That left Cros-Lex holding an 18-6 advantage at the 36-minute mark.
Cros-Lex then outscored Capac 6-0 the rest of the way, putting the finishing touches on a 24-6 victory.
The winning Cros-Lex side amassed their 24-point total thanks to a Derek Sheridan six-yard touchdown run (followed by a successful extra-point kick courtesy of Jason Myers); a Myers 33-yard field goal; a Josh Kowal safety; a Cameron Barrett six-yard touchdown run; and a Sheridan 42-yard touchdown tote. Those tallies happened with 7:15 showing on the first quarter clock; 3:05 before the first quarter was to end; with 1:12 showing on the second quarter clock; 44 seconds before the second quarter was to end; and with 2:06 showing on the fourth quarter clock.
Capac collected their six points on a Jon Botwin to Kevin Bollaert five-yard touchdown pass 1:05 before the third quarter was to end.
On the evening, Botwin completed 14 of 22 pass plays for 128 yards as Capac's quarterback. He threw zero interceptions along the way.
Bollaert was the other Capac player who opted to air out the football. He wound up one for two for 11 yards and was intercepted once.
Their successful tosses went to four different targets. Their ranks consisted of Tino Siewert (seven catches for 53 yards), Bollaert (three receptions for 65 yards), Jacob Zuby (three catches for 28 yards) and Darren Hunsucker (one reception for three yards).
The Capac ground attack managed 94 yards on 34 totes.
Individually, Joe Harvey led Capac with 36 yards on 11 totes. The remaining 23 Chief carries netted a combined 58-yard gain.
Shawn Kaiser and Alex paced Capac's defense. They contributed eight and seven tackles, respectively. Harvey (five stops) along with Andrew Gutierrez and Zuby (four each) supported their performances.
Capac closes out their 2007 slate this Friday when it hosts Flint Hamady in a non-league clash. 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.