June 17 • 02:05 AM

Almont stops Armada, 48-12

Gets homecoming win, on brink of playoff spot

October 15, 2008
ALMONT — The Almont varsity football team bounced back from a shocking 27-21 road loss to Blue Water Area Conference rival Imlay City the previous week, earning a 48-12 homecoming win against visiting league foe Armada last Friday night.

With the decision, Almont goes to 5-2 and 4-2. Armada drops to 2-5 and 2-4.

"We came out with a lot of intensity tonight," Almont Coach Jeremy Ferman said. "Our players wanted to show that we have a pretty good football team and we were able to accomplish that," he noted.

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

The Almont offense digs in for a play during their homecoming encounter versus Armada last Friday night. Almont won by a 48-12 score. photo by Kevin Kissane.

Almont followed it up with a 21-6 second quarter advantage and a 13-0 third quarter edge.

That raised Almont's advantage to 41-6 at the 36-minute mark.

Almont then outscored Armada 7-6 from that point on, good enough for a 48-12 victory at night's end.

The winning Almont side managed their 48-point output aided by a Steve McClure five-yard touchdown run (followed by a successful extra-point kick courtesy of Ben McNally); a Neal Zott 73-yard punt return for a touchdown (followed by an accurate extra-point boot by McNally); a McClure six-yard touchdown run (followed by a successful extra-point kick courtesy of McNally); a Garrett Savage nine-yard touchdown run (followed by an accurate extra-point boot by Julian Burmester); a McClure 10-yard touchdown run (followed by a successful extra-point kick courtesy of McNally); a Zott four-yard touchdown run; and a McClure two-yard touchdown run (followed by an accurate extra-point boot by McNally).

Armada produced their 12-point total thanks to a Kenny Dittenber 74-yard kickoff return for a touchdown; and a Dittenber 49-yard touchdown run.

On the evening, Zott completed two of four pass plays for 54 yards as Almont's quarterback. He threw one interception along the way.

His successful tosses went to two different targets. Their ranks consisted of Pat Russell (one reception for 30 yards) and Addam Wierbicki (one catch for 24 yards).

The Almont ground attack added 318 yards on 44 totes.

Individually, Savage led Almont. He rushed the ball 12 times for 105 yards. McClure (73 yards on 10 totes), Wierbicki (nine rushes for 72 yards) and Zott (35 yards on six totes) supported his performance. The remaining seven Raider rushes netted a combined 30-yard gain.

Ben Strouse paced the Almont defense with nine solo stops. Jake Ferrell and Dillon Melly added seven solo tackles apiece to the Raiders' cause.

Almont returns to action this Friday when they travel to Capac for a Blue Water Area Conference matchup. That encounter lists a 7 p.m. starting time.

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