October 15, 2008 IMLAY CITY — The Imlay City varsity football team made it back-to-back wins, celebrating their homecoming with a 41-20 victory over Blue Water Area Conference counterpart Algonac last Friday night.
With the decision, Imlay City raises its mark to 2-5 and 2-4. Algonac slides to 0-7 and 0-6.
"Things are starting to click now and our kids are starting to get it," Imlay City Coach John Forti said. "Hopefully we can keep it up when we go up against Richmond next week," he noted.
In Friday's matchup, Imlay City bolted out to a 21-6 advantage after one quarter was complete.
Quarter number two would see Imlay City continue to give their fans cause to stand up and cheer.
Aided by a 13-0 cushion there, Imlay City took a commanding 34-6 advantage at the halftime break.
Algonac then outscored Imlay City 14-7 from that point on, only to drop a 41-20 verdict.
Imlay City produced their winning 41-point output thanks to an Aaron Thompson to D.J. Salet nine-yard touchdown pass (followed by a successful extra-point kick courtesy of Salet); a Thompson one-yard touchdown run (followed by an accurate extra-point boot from Salet); a Thompson to Alex Maldonado 72-yard touchdown pass (followed by a successful extra-point kick courtesy of Salet); a Cruz Medrano 15-yard touchdown run; a Medrano 32-yard touchdown run (followed by an accurate extra-point boot from Salet); and a Thompson to Nick Nivison 20-yard touchdown pass (followed by a successful extra-point kick courtesy of Salet).
On the evening, Thompson completed 14 of 21 attempts for 258 yards as Imlay City's quarterback. He threw no interceptions en route to those numbers.
His successful tosses were distributed to six different targets. Joe Christunas (five catches for 90 yards), Salet (three receptions for 45 yards), Nivison (two catches for 26 yards), Adam Van Dyk (two receptions for 22 yards), Maldonado (one catch for 72 yards) and Richard Beneteau (one reception for three yards).
The Imlay City ground attack managed 96 yards on 23 totes.
Individually, Medrano (11 rushes for 74 yards) led Imlay City. The remaining 12 Spartan totes netted a combined 22-yard gain.
Brad Kramek (three solos and nine assists) paced Imlay City's defense. Darren Saunders (five solos and four assists), Mason Day (four solos and five assists), Mitch Rheaume (three solos and six assists), Dane Walker (four solos and four assists), Josh Timmer (three solos and four assists) and Van Dyk (four solos) made their whereabouts known as well.
The Imlay City defense also collected a pair of takeaways. Van Dyk (an interception) and Salet (a fumble recovery) furnished those.
Imlay City returns to action this Friday when it entertains Blue Water Area Conference foe Richmond. That game lists a 7 p.m. starting time.