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Imlay City drops grid finale to Lake Fenton



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October 24, 2007
IMLAY CITY — Lake Fenton downed host Imlay City, 38-18, in a non-conference varsity football matchup last Friday night.

With the decision, Lake Fenton goes to 8-1 overall. Imlay City finishes at 2-7.

"The story of the game was the wind," Imlay City Coach John Forti said. "We couldn't seem to do anything going into it and once we had it behind us our passes did not go where we wanted them," he noted.

"Despite that we were right in the contest at the half and were still within striking distance after three quarters. Our team played them pretty even the rest of the way, but gave up a few long runs down the stretch which allowed them to keep their lead."

In Friday's matchup, Lake Fenton opened up an 8-0 edge after one quarter was complete.

Quarter number two would prove scoreless.

When the action resumed, Lake Fenton widened the gap some.

Aided by an 8-0 third quarter edge, Lake Fenton increased their lead to 16-0 at the 36-minute mark.

Lake Fenton then outscored Imlay City by a 22-18 count from that point on, assuring themselves of a 38-18 win.

The victorious Lake Fenton side generated their 38-point output aided by a Jake Kirk one-yard touchdown run (followed by a Matt Tanneyhill to Kirk PAT pass); a Ryan Chamberlain one-yard touchdown run (followed by a Kirk to Kyle Hanson PAT pass); an eight-yard touchdown run by Tim Mann (followed by a PAT run by Chamberlain); a Kirk 55-yard touchdown run (followed by a Tanneyhill to Lucas Hasenfratz PAT pass collaboration); and a Kirk 50-yard touchdown run.

Imlay City amassed their 18-point total thanks to a a D.J. Salet 82-yard kickoff return for a touchdown; a Darren Saunders to Cody Slingerland 16-yard touchdown pass; and a Slingerland 78-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.

For the evening, Imlay City connected on 11 of 24 pass plays for 86 yards with three tosses falling into enemy hands. Saunders (10 of 22 for 86 yards, including three interceptions), Salet (one of one for zero yards) and Cruz Medrano (zero of one for zero yards) made that output possible.

Imlay City had five different players register a reception. Their ranks consisted of Mason Duke (four catches for 44 yards), Mike Guerrero (four receptions for 14 yards), Adam Van Dyk (a 16-yard catch), Salet (a 12-yard reception) and Saunders (one catch for no gain.)

The Imlay City ground attack was held to 42 yards on 18 totes.

Individually, Frank Palermo (three rushes for 21 yards) and Saunders (21 yards on 12 totes) led Imlay City. The remaining two Spartan rushes netted no gain.

Duke paced Imlay City's defense with six solo stops. Salet and Van Dyk added four and three solos, respectively, to the Spartans' cause.

Imlay City also recorded two takeaways that evening. Ryan Baker (a fumble recovery) and Van Dyk (an interception) furnished those.

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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