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Almont caps 9-0 regular season with 23-12 win over Cass City, playoffs loom



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October 24, 2007
ALMONT — The Almont varsity football team put the finishing touches on an unbeaten regular season run, earning a 23-12 road win against Cass City in a non-league encounter last Friday night.

With the decision, Almont moves to 9-0 overall. Cass City finishes at 4-5.

"Ending the regular season unbeaten is a great accomplishment," Almont Coach Jeremy Ferman said. "We will enjoy it for 24 hours then it is back to business again," he noted.

"The team is not just satisfied with making the state playoffs. We would like to make a run there."

In Friday's encounter, Almont and Cass City ended the opening quarter with matching six-point outputs.

The next 12-minute stretch would belong to Almont.

Aided by a 10-0 advantage there, Almont grabbed a 16-6 advantage at the halftime break.

When the action resumed, Almont struck with a 7-0 third quarter edge.

That made it 23-6, Almont, at the 36-minute mark.

Cass City then put together a 6-0 fourth quarter rally, only to fall by a 23-12 count when the final second ticked off the clock.

Almont amassed their 23-point total aided by a Steve Brohl one-yard touchdown run; a Brohl one-yard touchdown tote (followed by a successful extra-point kick courtesy of Steve Kunz); a 37-yard field goal by Kunz; and an Eric Mann 14-yard touchdown run (followed by an accurate extra-point boot from Kunz). Those tallies came with 6:02 showing on the first quarter clock; 4:44 before halftime; with 3:06 showing on the second quarter clock; and 1:32 before the third quarter was to end.

Cass City logged their 12-point output thanks to an Austin Babich 71-yard touchdown run and a Lucas Varney one-yard touchdown tote. Those scores happened with 3:34 showing on the first quarter clock; and 7:10 before the fourth quarter was to end.

The Almont ground attack finished with 303 yards on 50 totes.

Individually, Mann (24 rushes for 204 yards) led Almont. He was backed by Addam Wierbicki (44 yards on nine totes), Mark Mersino (six rushes for 24 yards), Mack (20 yards on seven totes) and Brohl (three rushes for 11 yards).

The Almont passing attack did not move the ball as easily. Brohl wound up with an uncharacteristic zero of nine showing there, registering two interceptions along the way.

Ethan Coucke (11 solos) and Dillon Melly (10) notched Almont's best defensive numbers. Mack (eight solos) and Jeff Simian (six, including three sacks) supported their performances.

Simian added a fumble recovery to Almont's cause.

Almont returns to action this Friday when it opens the Division 5 state playoffs with a home contest versus Lake Fenton. That battle lists a 7:30 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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