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Armada hands Imlay a 20-8 loss



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September 10, 2008
IMLAY CITY — Armada registered a 20-8 triumph against visiting Imlay City in a Blue Water Area Conference varsity football encounter last Friday.

With the final, Armada improves to 1-1 and 1-0. Imlay City drops to 0-2 and 0-1.

"We moved the ball all the way to Armada's six-yard line on our first drive, but lost the ball on a fumble," Imlay City Coach John Forti said. "They scored a touchdown on the following series and added 10 more points before the opening half ended," he noted.

"We played much better during the second half and had several chances to score. We just did not capitalize on those opportunities."

In Friday's encounter, Armada jumped out to a 14-0 advantage after one quarter was complete.

The second quarter would see Armada collect three points and Imlay City manage none.

That made it 17-0, Armada, at the halftime break.

Quarter number three was scoreless.

Imlay City then put together an 8-3 fourth quarter rally, only to fall by a 20-8 count at game's end.

The visiting Imlay City side notched their eight-point output thanks to a Darren Saunders to Adam Van Dyk 78-yard touchdown pass and a Saunders to Van Dyk PAT pass collaboration.

On the evening, Saunders finished eight of 17 for 150 yards as Imlay City's quarter back. He threw no interceptions along the way.

His successful tosses were distributed to five different targets. Van Dyk (two catches for 87 yards), Nick Nivison (two receptions for 36 yards), Alex Maldonado (two catches for 12 yards), Cruz Medrano (one reception for nine yards) and Joey Christunas (one catch for six yards) formed that group.

The Imlay City ground attack was held to 68 yards on 23 totes.

Individually, Medrano (10 rushes for 50 yards) and Saunders (18 yards on three totes) put up Imlay City's best numbers. The remaining 10 Spartan rushes netted zero yards.

From a defensive standpoint, Mitch Rheaume (one solo and seven assisted tackles), Mason Day (eight assisted stops) and David Sears (one solo and six assists tackles) paced Imlay City. Van Dyk (two solos and four assisted stops) backed their efforts.

The Imlay City defense also collected three takeaways. Chane Forsyth and Nick Nivison (a fumble recovery each) along with Van Dyk (an interception) furnished those.

Imlay City returns to action this Friday when they entertain Blue Water Area Conference rival Capac. That matchup lists a 7 p.m. starting time.

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