ALMONT — Almont made visiting Algonac absorb a 56-0 loss in a Blue Water Area Conference varsity football meeting last Friday night.
With the result, Almont goes to 3-1 and 2-1. Algonac falls to 0-4 and 0-3.
"We got on them early," Almont Coach Jeremy Ferman said. "Our team took advantage of several big plays of 30 yards or more to build a comfortable lead at halftime," he noted.
"That allowed us to work on some things. We know it will get tougher next week when we host Cros-Lex."
Almont quarterback Neal Zott (L) congratulates Addam Wierbicki on his touchdown during last Friday night’s game with Algonac. photo by Kevin Kissane.
In Friday's meeting, Almont opened up a 21-0 lead after one quarter was history. The Raiders followed it up with a 28-0 second quarter advantage, increasing their cushion to 49-0 at the halftime break.
When the action resumed, Almont struck with a 7-0 third quarter edge. That put the Raiders ahead 56-0, the eventual final score.
The winning Almont side generated their 56-point output aided by a Neal Zott to Addam Wierbicki 42-yard touchdown pass (followed by a successful extra-point kick courtesy of Ben McNally); a Zott 44-yard touchdown run (followed by an accurate extra-point boot from McNally); a Zott nine-yard touchdown run (followed by a successful extra-point kick courtesy of McNally); a Wierbicki 34-yard touchdown run; a Zott 96-yard return of a blocked field goal for a touchdown (followed by a Wierbicki PAT tote); a Zott 63-yard interception return for a touchdown (followed by an accurate extra-point boot from McNally); a Steve McClure 42-yard touchdown run (followed by an successful extra-point kick courtesy of McNally); and a Garrett Savage 74-yard touchdown run (followed by an accurate extra-point boot from McNally). Those tallies came with 10:01 showing on the first quarter clock; 7:21 before the opening quarter was to end; with 1:19 showing on the first quarter clock; 9:20 before halftime; with 6:26 showing on the second quarter clock; 4:12 before the second quarter was to end; 14 ticks prior to halftime; and with 4:28 showing on the third quarter clock.
On the evening, Zott completed three of three pass plays for 62 yards as Almont's quarterback.
His successful tosses were distributed to two different targets. Their ranks consisted of Wierbicki (two catches for 57 yards) and Pat Russell (one reception for five yards).
The Almont ground attack added 325 yards, taking 31 totes to cover that territory.
Individually, Savage (five rushes for 86 yards) led Almont. He was backed by Wierbicki (76 yards on seven totes), McClure (eight rushes for 70 yards), Zott (53 yards on two totes) and Kyle Pilarski (five rushes for 29 yards).
James Eschenburg paced Almont as far as solo tackles were concerned, registering nine. McClure and Pilarski (five solos each) along with Tom Chilcote (four) made their presence felt as well.
The Almont defense also notched four takeaways. Steve Cassidy and Zott (an interception apiece) plus Wierbicki and Chilcote (a fumble recovery each) supplied those.
Almont returns to action this Friday when BWAC frontrunner Cros-Lex (4-0, 3-0) pays a visit. That matchup lists a 7 p.m. starting time.