September 23, 2009 ALMONT — Almont survived a scare, returning from Algonac with a 28-24 win to their credit in a Blue Water Area Conference varsity football game last Friday night.
With the result, Almont raises its mark to 3-1 and 2-1. Algonac watches their record slip to 0-4 and 0-3.
"We were fortunate to get the win," Almont Assistant Coach Adam Smolarek said. "Algonac came to play and gave us a battle," he emphasized.
"We made some adjustments at the half and that allowed us to get our running game going. It was a tough game, but we were able to leave with a win."
In Friday's game, Almont grabbed a 7-6 advantage after one quarter was complete.
Quarter number two saw Algonac counter with a 12-7 edge.
That staked Algonac to an 18-14 advantage at the halftime break.
When the action resumed, Algonac struck with a 6-0 third quarter edge.
That left Algonac holding a 24-14 advantage at the 36-minute mark.
Almont then bounced back with a 14-0 fourth quarter edge, good enough to pull out a 28-24 victory.
The winning Almont side amassed their 28-point output aided by a Tom Nowicki to Addam Wierbicki 10-yard touchdown pass (followed by a successful extra-point kick courtesy of Ben McNally); a Nowicki to Wierbicki 15-yard touchdown pass (followed by an accurate extra-point boot from McNally); a three-yard touchdown run by Wierbicki (followed by a successful extra-point kick courtesy of McNally); and a Wierbicki 46-yard punt return for a touchdown (followed by an accurate extra-point boot from McNally).
For the night, Tom Nowicki proved true on five of 13 pass plays for 81 yards as Almont's quarterback. He threw two interceptions along the way.
His completions were distributed to two different targets. Their ranks consisted of Wierbicki (three catches for 27 yards) and Aaron May (two receptions for 54 yards).
The Almont ground attack wound up with 164 yards on 36 totes. Wierbicki (23 rushes for 142 yards) notched their top credentials. The remaining 13 Raider totes netted a 22-yard gain.
Erik O'Connor and Nick Ouillette paced the Almont defense. They made 11 and six solo stops, respectively.
The Almont defense also registered a pair of takeaways. May (a pair of interceptions) provided those.
Almont returns to action this Friday when it travels to Cros-Lex. The Blue Water Area Conference matchup is scheduled for 7 p.m.