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Capac stuns Richmond, 29-27


Chiefs use overtime to upset Blue Devils


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Members of the Capac football team react to their surprising 29-27 overtime win at Richmond’s expense last Friday night. photo by Kevin Kissane.

September 24, 2008
CAPAC — The Capac varsity football team outlasted visiting Richmond, 29-27, in a Blue Water Area Conference matchup that took one overtime session to determine a victor last Friday night.

With the final, Capac ups its mark to 3-1 and 2-1. Richmond falls to 2-2 and 2-1.

"This was an exciting game to watch," Capac Coach Tom Manney said. "The fans definitely got their money's worth," he emphasized.

In Friday's matchup, Richmond reached the scoreboard first.

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That happened with 7:25 showing on the first quarter clock when quarterback Devin Leach took it to paydirt on a tote from two yards out.

Ryan Bird then proved true on the extra-point kick, giving his team a 7-0 lead at the time.

The opening minutes of quarter number two would see Richmond add to its cushion.

Aided by a Mark Salenkiewicz 11-yard touchdown run with 9:43 showing on the second quarter clock, Richmond widened the gap to 13-0.

The extra-point attempt which followed failed to connect, going wide to the right.

Richmond's lead stood at 13-0.

It looked as though that cushion would hold at the halftime break, but Capac had other ideas.

Instead, Capac quarterback Jon Botwin delivered a five-yard touchdown tote with seven seconds remaining until halftime to put his team back into the thick of it.

Joshua Kaiser followed it up with a successful extra-point kick.

That cut Richmond's lead to 13-7, an advantage that would remain unchanged at the halftime break.

When the action resumed, Capac made it a 13-13 ballgame via a Botwin to Jacob Zuby 25-yard touchdown pass.

Kaiser's extra-point kick which followed proved true, giving Capac a 14-13 edge with 8:20 showing on the third quarter clock.

That lead would last all of 5:03.

Richmond saw to that, capitalizing on an 89-yard touchdown dash by Leach.

Their PAT attempt, a run, also met with success.

That made it 21-14, Richmond, with 3:17 showing on the third quarter clock.

Capac then bounced back with a Botwin to Matt Burgess 30-yard touchdown pass and a successful extra-point kick courtesy of Kaiser. Their efforts came 10 seconds before the third quarter was to end and squared the scoreboard count at 21 points per side.

That would prove the last points either side collected during regulation.

In overtime, Capac's offense took the field first.

Three plays later, Botwin dropped back to pass and found Zuby wide-open for a touchdown pass encompassing seven yards of territory.

The try for two, which followed, also met with a successful outcome.

It was there Botwin again proved on target, threading a pinpoint pass into the outstretched arms of James Morgan.

That staked Capac to a 29-21 lead at the time.

Richmond knew that it would have to answer with a converted touchdown if they were to extend the contest.

Three plays later, Richmond took a major step toward attaining that goal when Leach hit Kyle Misteravich with a five-yard touchdown pass.

Richmond then lined up for the two-point conversion, hoping to acquire the equalizer.

Leach handed off the football to Salenkiewicz, who was promptly greeted by Capac's David Shindak and Zuby, then Nick Osborn stepped up and offered his assistance.

His carry fell just short of the result Richmond had hoped for.

Capac had held on to earn a victory few outside of their community gave them a chance of acquiring.

"All I did was react," Zuby recalled. "I just stepped up after David (Shindak) made the hit and did my best to keep their ballcarrier out of the endzone," he noted.

And keep his opponent out of the endzone he did.

"It was close, real close," Osborn said. "Richmond wound up maybe a yard short of scoring," he noted.

"It was a great finish to a great game. I know it is game I won't forget."

On the night, Botwin connected on 15 of 25 pass plays for 203 yards as Capac's quarterback. He threw zero interceptions en route to those numbers.

His completions went to six different targets. Burgess (four catches for 80 yards), Darren Hunsucker (four receptions for 44 yards), Zuby (three catches for 44 yards), Joe Johnson (two receptions for 19 yards), John Richards (one catch for 14 yards) and Brian Kulman (one reception for two yards) comprised the aformentioned group.

The Capac ground attack provided 114 yards on 46 totes.

Individually, Johnson (18 rushes for 63 yards) and Botwin (51 yards on 18 totes) led Capac. The remaining 10 Chief rushes netted no gain.

Osborn (in on 13 tackles) and Eddie Niemi (in on eight stops) paced Capac's defense. Tom Bolday and Zuby (in on six tackles apiece) made their presence felt as well.

The Capac defense collected two takeaways en route to victory. Andrew McDunnah and Kulman (a fumble recovery each) furnished those.

Capac returns to action this Friday when it travels to Armada. The BWAC contest lists a 7 p.m. starting time.

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