September 09, 2009 ALMONT — The Almont varsity football team stumbled in their Blue Water Area Conference opener, dropping a 24-10 road verdict to Richmond last Thursday night.
With the final, Richmond improves to 1-1 and 1-0. Almont falls to 1-1 and 0-1.
"We came out flat tonight," Almont Assistant Coach Adam Smolarek said. "They were more physical on the line than we were," he noted.
"Richmond came out and stuffed it down our throat. We have a lot of work to do in the week ahead."
In Thursday's contest, Almont opened up a 7-6 edge after one quarter was history.
Quarter number two saw Richmond collect 12 points, while holding Almont to none.
That made it 18-7, Richmond, at the halftime break.
When the action resumed, Almont fought back with a 3-0 third quarter edge.
That closed Richmond's lead to 18-10 at the 36-minute mark.
Richmond then outscored Almont 6-0 from that point on, assuring themselves of a 24-10 win.
The victorious Richmond side managed their 24-point total aided by a Mark Salenkiewicz blocked punt that was returned seven yards for a touchdown; a Salenkiewcz five-yard touchdown run; a Cody Potyczka two-yard touchdown run; and a Salenkiewicz 14-yard touchdown run.
Almont generated their 10-point output aided by a Josh Kunath one-yard touchdown run (followed by a successful extra-point kick courtesy of Ben McNally); and a McNally 22-yard field goal.
On the evening, Tom Nowicki completed five of nine pass plays for 55 yards as Almont's quarterback. He threw zero interceptions along the way.
His successful tosses went to two different targets. Their ranks consisted of Addam Wierbicki (three catches for 43 yards) and Aaron May (two receptions for 12 yards).
The Almont ground attack added 186 yards on 33 totes.
Individually, Garrett Savage (13 rushes for 83 yards), Wierbicki (68 yards on 10 totes) and Kunath (seven rushes for 35 yards) put up Almont's best numbers. The remaining three Raider totes netted a combined 10-yard gain.
Nick Ouillette and Erik O'Connor paced the Almont defense that evening. They were credited with nine solo stops apiece.
Almont will look to bounce back this Friday when Blue Water Area Conference rival Yale pays a visit. That matchup is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.