Almont closes out memorable season
Raiders fall to Madison Heights Madison, 54-28, title hopes dashed
|Almont quarterback Steve Brohl says goodbye to one of his coaches after their season-ending loss to Madison Heights Madison. photo by Kevin Kissane.|
November 07, 2007ALMONT — Second-ranked Madison Heights Madison saw to it that their season would continue, earning a 54-28 win at ninth-rated Almont's expense in a Division 5, Region 4, District 2 championship football showdown it hosted last Friday night.
With the result, Madison Heights Madison advances to this Friday's regional game at home where Chesaning (8-3) provides their opposition. That matchup is slated to get underway at 7 p.m. Almont watches an outstanding 10-1 campaign reach an endpoint.
A total of seven turnovers led to Almont's downfall that evening.
"Turnovers were the story of the game," Almont Coach Jeremy Ferman said. "You can't give a team such as Madison Heights Madison that many chances and expect to win," he noted.
"My hat's off to them. They were able to capitalize on those opportunities."
In Friday's showdown, Madison Heights Madison grabbed a 21-14 edge after one quarter was history.
Quarter number two would see Madison Heights Madison put some distance between themselves and Almont.
Thanks to a 14-0 advantage there, Madison built a 35-14 cushion at the halftime break.
When the action resumed, Madison Heights Madison picked up where it left off.
Bolstered by 13-0 third quarter edge, Madison Heights Madison built a 48-14 lead at the 36-minute mark.
Almont then outscored Madison Heights Madison by a 14-6 count from that point on, only to fall by a 54-28 count when the final second ticked off the clock.
The winning Madison Heights Madison side generated their 54-point output aided by a Damion King 32-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown; a Dajuan Marcellus to Mario Graham 70-yard touchdown pass (followed by a Deandre Johnson PAT run); a Johnson five-yard touchdown run (followed by a successful extra-point kick
|Garrett Savage looks for blocking assistance from Almont teammate Chris Creger in Friday’s Division 5 district title game with Madison. photo by Kevin Kissane.|
courtesy of Jeff Hoolihan); a
Marcellus one-yard touchdown run (followed by an accurate extra-point boot from Hoolihan); a Johnson 10-yard touchdown run (followed by a successful extra-point kick courtesy of Hoolihan); a Johnson 40-yard touchdown run (followed by an accurate extra-point boot from Hoolihan); a Johnson three-yard touchdown run; and a 10-yard touchdown run by DeCarlos Montgomery. Those scores came with 11:09 showing on the first quarter clock; 5:44 before the first quarter was to end; with 3:48 showing on the first quarter clock; 7:44 before halftime; with 2:57 showing on the second quarter clock; 9:28 before the third quarter was to end; with 4:05 showing on the third quarter clock; and 5:38 before the fourth quarter was to end.
Almont logged their 28-point total thanks to a Steve Brohl one-yard touchdown run (followed by a successful extra-point kick courtesy of Steve Kunz); a Neal Zott 77-yard kickoff return for a touchdown (followed by an accurate extra-point boot from Kunz); a Brohl to Zott 25-yard touchdown pass (followed by a successful extra-point kick courtesy of Kunz);
and a Steven Mack four-yard touchdown run (followed by an accurate extra-point boot from Kunz). Those tallies happened with 6:44 showing on the first quarter clock; 5:31 before the first quarter was to end; with 2:27 showing on the fourth quarter clock; and 43.8 seconds from the finish.
For the evening, Brohl
completed seven of 17 pass plays 135 yards as Almont's quarterback. He threw three interceptions en route to those numbers.
His successful tosses were distributed to three different targets. Their ranks consisted of Zott (five catches for 100 yards), Mark Mersino (one reception for 33 yards) and Garrett Savage (one catch for two yards).
The Almont ground attack managed 130 yards. It took them 27 totes to amass that output.
Individually, Eric Mann led the way with 39 yards on nine totes. He was backed by Savage (five rushes for 38 yards), Mack (32 yards on seven totes), Mersino (two rushes for 14 yards), Addam Wierbicki (six yards on one tote), Zott (two rushes for two yards), Brohl (one yard on one tote) and Steve McClure (one rush for no gain).
Andy Schoen and Mack paced the Almont defense with 11 solo stops apiece. Mike Owen and Gabe Farrugia added nine and six solo tackles, respectively, to the Raiders' cause.
The Almont defense also collected four takeaways that evening. Zott (an interception) along with Kunz, Owen and Savage (a fumble recovery each) supplied those.
Before leaving the field for his team's final bus ride this season, Almont Coach Jeremy Ferman took time out to reflect on the 2007 season.
"The score tonight was not an indication of how good a football team we are," Ferman said. "There were a lot of people around who say we play in a weak conference," he noted.
"You know, we were 10-0, won a league championship and were among 16 teams left in our Division when the night began. I know a lot of teams who would have loved to have been in our shoes."
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.