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Almont football squad ousts Madison in a district opener

November 05, 2008
ALMONT — Almont ousted visiting Madison Heights Madison, 31-18, in a Division 5, Region 4, District 1 opening round football playoff game last Saturday afternoon.

With the decision, Almont (8-2) gains admittance to this Friday's district championship encounter on the road where Livonia Clarenceville (9-1) awaits them. That matchup lists a 7 p.m. starting time. Madison Heights Madison finishes at 5-5.

"I guess the third time was the charm," Almont Coach Jeremy Ferman said. "Madison Heights Madison has knocked us out of the playoffs the last two seasons so it was good to be on the other end of the score this time around," he noted.

"We built a big lead today, but let them back in to the game. This week we are going to stress playing a full four quarters. We are happy to be one of the best 16 Division 5 programs out there."

Garrett Savage, of Almont, heads up the field for a big gain during a Division 5, Region 4, District 1 opening round game with Madison Heights Madison. photo by Tom Campbell.

In Saturday's game, Almont jumped out to a 21-0 advantage after one quarter was complete.

The second quarter would see Almont add to its cushion some.

Aided by a 3-0 edge there, Almont grabbed a sizable 24-0 cushion at the halftime break.

When the action resumed, Madison Heights Madison struck for a 6-0 third quarter edge.

That trimmed Madison Heights Madison's deficit to 24-6 at the 36-minute mark.

Madison Heights Madison then collected 12 more points to start the fourth quarter, closing the gap to 24-18.

However, that would prove as close as they got.

Almont saw to it as they answered with a converted touchdown, producing the eventual 31-18 final score.

The victorious Almont side generated their 31-point output thanks to a Steve McClure one-yard touchdown run (followed by a successful extra-point kick courtesy of Ben McNally); a Neal Zott to Pat Russell 54-yard touchdown pass (followed by an accurate extra-point boot from McNally); an Addam Wierbicki one-yard touchdown run (followed by a successful extra-point kick courtesy of McNally); a McNally 26-yard field goal; and a Garrett Savage 51-yard touchdown run (followed by an accurate extra-point boot from McNally).

Madison Heights Madison managed their 18-point total aided by a Mike Butcher to Josh Matiyow 18-yard touchdown pass; a Danny Larkins 18-yard touchdown run; and a Bakari Allen two-yard touchdown run.

For the afternoon, Zott completed three of six pass plays for 66 yards as Almont's quarterback. He threw one interception along the way.

His successful tosses were distributed to three different targets. Their ranks consisted of Russell (one catch for 54 yards), Dillon Melly (one reception for 11 yards) and McClure (one catch for no gain).

The Almont ground attack accumulated 236 yards on 43 totes.

Individually, McClure led Almont with 16 rushes for 120 yards. Savage (90 yards on 12 totes) and Wierbicki 12 rushes for 66 yards) backed his effort. The remaining three Raider totes netted a combined 42-yard loss.

Ben Strouse paced Almont's defense with 10 solo stops. Zott followed, amassing nine solo tackles, plus Jake Ferrell and Dillon Melly contributed seven each.

The Almont defense also collected four takeaways that afternoon. Jake Ferrell (a pair of fumble recoveries plus an interception) along with Tom Chilcote (an interception) furnished those.

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