September 16, 2009 ALMONT — Almont saw to it that their losing streak would last just one game, earning a 21-13 win against visiting Yale in a Blue Water Area Conference varsity football matchup last Friday night.
With the outcome, Almont goes to 2-1 overall and 1-1 as far as BWAC clashes are concerned. Yale drops to 2-1 this season, including a 1-1 league showing thus far.
"It was a hard fought game," Almont Coach Jeremy Ferman said. "The kids played much better as a team and it was a good bounce-back win for us," he emphasized.
In Friday's matchup, Almont and Yale ended the opening quarter with seven points each.
The second quarter saw Yale put up six points, while allowing Almont none.
That made it 13-7, Yale, at the halftime break.
When the action resumed, Almont fought back with a 7-0 third quarter advantage.
That staked Almont to a narrow 14-13 cushion at the 36-minute mark.
Almont then outscored Yale 7-0 the rest of the way, assuring themselves of a 21-13 win at night's end.
The winning Almont side notched their 21-point total aided by a Addam Wierbicki 10-yard touchdown run (followed by a successful extra-point kick courtesy of Ben McNally); a Wierbicki three-yard touchdown run (followed by an accurate extra-point boot from McNally); and a Travis Zelkowski 13-yard touchdown run (followed by a successful extra-point kick courtesy of McNally).
Yale generated their 13-point total thanks to a Chance Smeznik to Devon Porrett 10-yard touchdown pass (followed by an accurate extra-point boot from Jon Bricker); and a David Hill five-yard touchdown tote.
On the night, Tom Nowicki completed five of eight pass plays for 99 yards as Almont's quarterback. He threw zero interceptions en route to those numbers.
His successful tosses went to two different targets. Their ranks consisted of Wierbicki (four catches for 84 yards) and Aaron May (one reception for 15 yards).
The Almont ground attack managed 177 yards on 44 totes.
Individually, Wierbicki (19 rushes for 64 yards) led the way for Almont. Jordan Stanek (41 yards on six totes), Zelkowski (five rushes for 33 yards) and Josh Kunath (31 yards on seven totes) supported his performance. The remaining seven Raider rushes netted a combined two-yard loss.
Erik O'Connor paced the Almont defense with seven solo stops. Stanek (six solo tackles) along with Nick Ouillette, Jake Ferrell and Derek Kopp (five solo stops each) made their whereabouts known as well.
The Almont defense also notched one takeaway. May (an interception furnished that.
Almont returns to action this Friday when it travels to Algonac for a Blue Water Area Conference clash. That confrontation is slated to get underway at 7 p.m.