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Capac scores 37 in half

Chiefs lead 9-6 at half, pull away for 46-12 league win

September 16, 2009
TRI-CITY AREA — Capac used a 37-6 second half advantage to pull away for a convincing 46-12 victory over visiting Imlay City in a Blue Water Area Conference varsity football matchup last Friday night.

With the decision, Capac raises its mark to 1-2 and 1-1. Imlay City watches its record drop to 0-3 and 0-2.

"It was anyone's game to win at the half," Capac Coach Tom Manney said. "We then recovered a squib kick to start the third quarter and that changed the complexion of the game," he emphasized.

"The ensuing series saw us drive down the field and get a touchdown. That set the stage for the rest of the contest and we were able to pull away."

On the opposite sideline, Imlay City Coach John Forti agreed the initial play of half number two was an obstacle that contributed to his team's setback.

"It wasn't really an onside kick, the ball just happened to bounce off one of our players and Capac was there to recover," Forti said. "They scored on that drive and the next one as well," he noted.

"We were right in the game at the half, then came two turnovers and it allowed Capac to pad its lead some. We were able to close to 20-12 during the last few minutes of the third quarter, but Capac pulled away after that."

In Friday's matchup, Capac grabbed a 3-0 edge after one quarter was complete.

Imlay City’s Chaz Hill looks to tackle Capac receiver Matt Burgess during Friday’s BWAC game. photo by Kevin Kissane.
Quarter number two would also prove a closely contested one.

It was there Capac and Imlay City generated six points apiece, leaving the former with a 9-6 edge at the halftime break.

When the action resumed, Capac struck with a 17-6 third quarter advantage.

That made it 26-12, Capac, at the 36-minute mark.

Capac then outscored Imlay City 20-0 the rest of the way, leaving the field with a favorable 46-12 outcome to their credit.

The winning Capac side amassed their 46-point total thanks to a Joshua Kaiser 21-yard field goal; an Austin Morgan to Matt Burgess 28-yard touchdown pass; an Anthony Closurdo 15-yard touchdown run (followed by a PAT tote by David McKee); a Kaiser 27-yard field goal; a Brian Kulman nine-yard touchdown run; a Closurdo 14-yard touchdown run (followed by a successful extra-point kick courtesy of Kaiser); an Austin Morgan to Matt Burgess nine-yard touchdown pass; and a Cody Rosseau two-yard touchdown run (followed by an accurate extra-point boot from Kaiser).

Imlay City managed their 12-point output aided by a John Loveless six-yard touchdown run and an Aaron Thompson to Nick Nivison 25-yard touchdown pass.

On the night, Austin Morgan completed six of 13 pass plays for 83 yards as Capac's quarterback. He threw no interceptions en route to those numbers.

His successful tosses went to two different targets. Their ranks consisted of Matt Burgess (four catches for 67 yards) and James Morgan (two receptions for 16 yards).

The Capac ground attack chewed up 464 yards of territory on 54 totes. Closurdo (17 rushes for 165 yards), James Morgan (144 yards on 21 carries), Kulman (seven rushes for 105 yards), Austin Morgan (27 yards on four carries), McKee (two rushes for 17 yards) and Rosseau (six yards on three carries) made that output possible.

McKee (three solos and three assists) paced Capac's defense. Dakota Perry, Burgess and Rosseau (four solos and one assist each), Andrew McDunnah and Nick Osborn (two solos and three assists apiece) plus Korbyn Anderson (two solos and two assists) made their presence felt as well.

The Capac defense also notched one takeaway. Osborn (a fumble recovery) supplied that.

On the night, Thompson completed 19 of 41 pass plays for 200 yards as Imlay City's quarterback.

His successful tosses were distributed to five different targets. Their ranks consisted of Nivison (11 catches for 127 yards), Chaz Hill (three receptions for 40 yards), Eric Harbin (three catches for 30 yards), Jeff Titus (one reception for two yards) and A.J. Caldwell (one catch for one yard).

Nivison was the other Imlay City player who opted to air out the football. His lone attempt went for a nine-yard completion to Thompson.

The Imlay City ground attack managed 82 yards on 22 totes.

Individually, Loveless (15 rushes for 72 yards) and Nivison (20 yards on six totes) put up Imlay City's best numbers. The remaining Spartan rush went for a 10-yard loss.

Jordan McNary (11 solos and two assists) and Caldwell (11 solos and one assist) paced the Imlay City defense. P.J. Crow (five solos and one assist), Mike Freel (three solos and two assists) along with Kevin Shene and Loveless (four solos each) supported their performances.

The Imlay City defense also registered one takeaway. Freel (a fumble recovery) furnished that.

Capac returns to action this Friday with a road trip to Richmond, while Imlay City is scheduled to entertain Cros-Lex. Both BWAC clashes list 7 p.m. starting times.

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