Armada sneaks past Capac, 13-12
October 01, 2008
CAPAC — The Capac varsity football team fell one point short when the final scores were added up, dropping a 13-12 road verdict to Armada in a Blue Water Area Conference varsity football game last Friday night.
With the result, Armada improves to 2-3 and 2-2. Capac falls to 3-2 and 2-2.
"Turnovers were the story of the game," Capac Coach Tom Manney said. "We lost the ball four times and each time were inside their 20-yard line," he emphasized.
"You can't afford to make that many mistakes and expect to win. We hope to regroup and come back next week with a strong performance against Algonac."
In Friday's game, Armada reached the scoreboard first. That happened when Justin Kersten ran three yards for a touchdown with 7:14 showing on the second quarter clock.
Jared Wozniak then proved true on an extra-point kick, increasing his team's advantage to 7-0.
Just 3:14 later, Armada visited the endzone again. This time it came via a Michael DiGiorgio to Kersten 21-yard touchdown pass.
The extra-point bid, a kick, failed to connect. That kept Armada's cushion at 13-0, a score that would remain unchanged at the halftime break.
Quarter number three would see neither side score.
The opening minutes of the fourth quarter saw Capac start to mount a comeback bid.
It was there Capac tallied their first points, thanks to a James Morgan touchdown tote from one yard out. His score came with 8:06 to play.
The extra-point bid, a kick, was blocked. That kept Armada's lead at 13-6.
Just 4:20 after that, Capac found themselves in the endzone again. This time Jon Botwin accomplished the feat, punching it in on a tote from two yards out.
Capac then tried to take the lead via a successful PAT tote, only to be stopped short. That left Armada holding a 13-12 edge with 3:45 to play.
The only question was whether or not Armada could hold on to prevail.
Following an exchange of turnovers, Armada had the ball in their possession again. Now just a few minutes stood between them and a positive verdict on their home field.
To Capac's credit, they refused to quit. That perseverance would pay dividends as the Chiefs delivered a clutch interception with 2:15 showing on the fourth quarter clock.
Four plays and a net loss of two yards later, Capac turned the ball over on downs. There was now 1:19 remaining.
Armada then ran out the clock, assuring themselves of a narrow victory at Capac's expense.
On the evening, Botwin completed eight of 14 pass plays for 35 yards as Capac's quarterback. He threw one interception en route to those numbers.
His successful tosses went to four different targets. Matt Burgess (three catches for -12 yards), Jacob Zuby (two receptions for 33 yards), Joe Johnson (two catches for 14 yards) and John Richards (one reception for zero yards) formed that group.
The Capac ground attack added 218 yards on 45 totes.
Individually, Johnson led Capac. He finished with 17 rushes for 120 yards. Botwin backed his effort, amassing 47 yards on 14 totes. The remaining 14 Chief rushes netted a combined 51-yard gain.
Nick Osborn (13 solos) put up Capac's best defensive credentials. Joe Schram (nine solos), Zuby (eight) and Chee Vang (five) supported his effort.
The Capac defense also collected four takeaways. Darren Hunsucker and Zuby (an interception each) along with Andrew McDunnah and Shawn Kaiser (a fumble recovery apiece) furnished those.
Capac will look to bounce back this Friday when it entertains Blue Water Area Conference rival Algonac. The contest, Capac's homecoming, is slated to get underway at 7 p.m.