September 23, 2009 IMLAY CITY — The Imlay City varsity football team continues to seek their first win of the 2009 campaign, dropping a 54-15 verdict to visiting Blue Water Area Conference counterpart Cros-Lex last Friday night.
With the decision, Cros-Lex improves to 3-1 and 3-0. Imlay City slips to 0-4 and 0-3.
"On defense we just couldn't stop them," Imlay City Coach John Forti said. "They were big, physical and a good football team," he noted.
In Friday's matchup, Cros-Lex took a 14-7 advantage after one quarter was complete.
The next 12-minute stretch would see Cros-Lex accumulate 27 points, while holding Imlay City scoreless.
That made it 41-7, Cros-Lex, at the halftime break.
Cros-Lex then outscored Imlay City 13-8 the rest of the way, leaving with a 54-15 win to their credit.
Imlay City generated their 15-point output thanks to a 29-yard touchdown pass from Aaron Thompson to Eric Harbin (followed by a successful extra-point kick courtesy of Jorge Valdovinos); and a Thompson to Harbin seven-yard touchdown pass (followed by a Nick Nivison PAT run).
On the night, Thompson completed nine of 28 pass plays for 103 yards as Imlay City's quarterback. He threw three interceptions en route to those numbers.
His successful tosses were distributed to four different targets. Their ranks consisted of Harbin (six catcches for 63 yards), Chaz Hill (one reception for 20 yards), Jeff Titus (one catch for 14 yards) and Nivison (one reception for six yards).
The Imlay City ground attack managed 65 yards on 30 totes.
Individually, John Loveless (15 rushes for 43 yards) and Nivison (29 yards on three totes) led Imlay City. The remaining 12 Spartan rushes netted a combined seven-yard loss.
A.J. Caldwell (six solo stops) paced Imlay City's defense. He was backed by P.J. Crow (three solos and one assist) and Kevin Shene (three solos).
Imlay City will look to bounce back this Friday when it entertains Blue Water Area Conference rival Yale. The matchup, Imlay City's homecoming, is scheduled for 7 p.m.