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Capac treats its fans to a 35-13 homecoming victory over Algonac



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October 08, 2008
CAPAC — Capac saw to it that their fans would not leave without the favorable outcome they had come to watch, registering a 35-13 homecoming triumph against visiting Algonac in a Blue Water Area Conference varsity football game last Friday night.

With the decision, Capac improves to 4-2 and 3-2. Algonac slips to 0-6 and 0-4.

"We just kind of hung in there early on," Capac Coach Tom Manney said. "It was definitely anybody's ballgame at the half," he emphasized.

"We had such a huge heartbreaking loss to Armada the week before and it looked as if we could be heading in that direction again. I was proud of how we stepped it up during the second half and pulled away for the win."

In Friday's game, Capac grabbed a 7-0 edge after one quarter was complete.

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Joe Schram, of Capac, drags a pair of Algonac defenders down the field during Friday’s clash. photo by Kevin Kissane.

Quarter number two saw Algonac collect 10 points, while allowing Capac seven.

That made it 14-10, Capac, at the halftime break.

When the action resumed, the momentum shifted over to Capac's side.

Aided by a 21-0 third quarter advantage, Capac took a 35-10 cushion at the 36-minute mark.

Algonac then outscored Capac 3-0 from that point on, only to fall by a 35-13 count when the final second ticked off the clock.

Capac generated their winning 35-point output aided by a Jon Botwin to Matt Burgess 14-yard touchdown pass (following a successful extra-point kick courtesy of Joshua Kaiser); a James Morgan touchdown tote from one yard out (followed by an accurate extra-point boot from Kaiser); a Botwin to Cody Rosseau 19-yard touchdown pass; a Botwin to Burgess 13-yard touchdown pass (followed by a PAT pass from Botwin to Rosseau); and a Botwin 21-yard touchdown run (followed by a successful extra-point kick courtesy of Kaiser). Those tallies came with 7:59 showing on the first quarter clock; 3:40 before halftime; with 10:17 showing on the third quarter clock; 6:01 before the third quarter was to end; and with 1:18 showing on the third quarter clock.

Algonac managed their 13-point total thanks to a Dominick Mayle two-yard touchdown run (followed by an accurate extra-point boot from Dian Hansen; a Hansen 34-yard field goal; and a Hansen 32-yard field goal. Those scores happened with 9:11 showing on the second quarter clock; 47 seconds before halftime; and with eight seconds showing on the fourth quarter clock.

On the evening, Botwin completed nine of 17 pass plays for 135 yards as Capac's quarterback. He threw no interceptions en route to those numbers.

His successful tosses went to six different targets. Their ranks consisted of Rosseau (two catches for 30 yards), Burgess (two receptions for 27 yards), John Richards (two catches for 23 yards), Darren Hunsucker (one reception for 14 yards), Joe Johnson (one catch for 12 yards) and Joe Schram (one reception for eight yards).

The Capac ground attack added 147 yards on 42 totes.

Individually, Johnson led Capac with 18 rushes for 106 yards. Botwin (47 yards on seven totes) followed. The remaining 17 Chief rushes netted a combined six-yard loss.

From a defensive standpoint, Eddie Niemi and Tom Bolday (in on 12 stops each) paced Capac. Schram (in on 11 tackles), Nick Osborn and Hunsucker (in on 10 stops apiece) and Jacob Zuby (in on nine tackles) made their presence felt as well.

The Capac defense also registered two takeaways. Mike Burgess and Zuby (an interception each) provided those.

Capac will look to continue their winning ways this Friday when they travel to Yale for a Blue Water Area Conference contest. That matchup lists a 7 p.m. starting time.

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