March 25 • 08:14 PM

Richmond edges Capac, 23-14

Chiefs start quickly, Blue Devils rally for the win

September 23, 2009
CAPAC — A 9-0 second half edge proved the difference as Richmond defeated visiting Capac, 23-14, in a Blue Water Area Conference varsity football confrontation last Friday night.

With the outcome, Richmond moves to 3-1 and 3-0. Capac drops to 1-3 and 1-2.

While not the sole reason for his team's loss, Capac Coach Tom Manney pointed to the loss of starting quarterback Austin Morgan as a pivotal moment in the contest.

"Things were looking pretty good for us early on," Capac Coach Tom Manney said. "We were moving the ball well, then came the injury to Austin," he noted.

"Our team was not the same after that. My hats off to Richmond Coaches Kevin McKiernan and Mark Ladd, their squad made the most of the opportunities they got."

Capac’s Austin Morgan looks over his offensive options as a pair of Richmond defenders pursue. photo by Kevin Kissane.
In Friday's confrontation, Capac jumped out to a 14-6 advantage after one quarter was complete.

Quarter number two saw Richmond collect eight points, while allowing Capac none.

That knotted the scoreboard count at 14 points per side at the halftime break.

When the action resumed, Richmond picked up where it left off.

Aided by a 3-0 third quarter advantage, Richmond took a 17-14 edge at the 36-minute mark.

Richmond then outscored Capac 6-0 from that point on, good for a 23-14 victory when the final second ticked off the clock.

The winning Richmond side produced their 23-point output thanks to a Dakota Boldrey 12-yard touchdown run; a Justin Mattao one-yard touchdown run (followed by a Blake Malburg to Mattao PAT pass collaboration); a Ryan Bird 28-yard field goal; and a Kurtis Tocco 13-yard touchdown run. Those scores happened with 5:31 showing on the first quarter clock; 44 seconds before halftime; with 2:59 showing on the third quarter clock; and with 9:29 to play during quarter number four.

Capac generated their 14-point output courtesy of a James Morgan 26-yard touchdown run (followed by a successful extra-point kick from Joshua Kaiser) and Brian Kulman two-yard touchdown run (followed by an accurate extra-point boot by Kaiser). Those efforts came with 8:41 and 29 seconds, respectively, remaining during quarter number one.

On the night, Austin Morgan completed four of five pass plays for 37 yards as Capac's starting quarterback. He threw zero interceptions en route to those numbers.

His backup, David McKee, proved true on four of 14 pass plays for 21 yards. McKee threw two interceptions along the way.

The duo's successful tosses went to five different targets. Their ranks consisted of Matt Burgess (three catches for 21 yards), Dakota Perry (two receptions for 26 yards), Josh Harvey (one catch for 14 yards), James Morgan (one reception for one yard) and Anthony Closurdo (one catch for a four-yard loss).

The Capac ground attack wound up with 183 yards on 33 totes.

Individually, James Morgan (15 rushes for 117 yards) and Closurdo (33 yards on seven totes) put up Capac's best numbers. The remaining 11 Chief rushes netted a combined 33-yard gain.

Nick Osborn (10 solos and nine assists) and Thomas Bolday (13 solos and one assists) paced Capac's defense that evening. Eddie Niemi (three solos and five assists), Korbyn Anderson (five solos and two assists), McKee (three solos and three assists), Andrew McDunnah (three solos and two assists) plus Mike Burgess and Josh Tucker (four solos each) supported their performances.

Capac will look to bounce back this Friday when it hosts Armada in a Blue Water Area Conference clash. That matchup, Capac's homecoming, lists a 7 p.m. starting time.

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