September 30, 2009 ALMONT — The Almont varsity football team saw their aspirations of successfully defending their Blue Water Area Conference championship take a serious hit, falling to host and league rival Cros-Lex by a 53-7 count last Friday night.
With the decision, Cros-Lex raises its mark to 4-1 and 4-0. Almont watches their record drop to 3-2 and 3-1.
"It just snowballed on us early," Almont Coach Jeremy Ferman said. "Offensively, they have so many weapons with Ryan Fabbri and Noah Lazurka," he noted.
"Defensively, they really get after you. They are very athletic and are a well coached team. Jason Vandermaas does a good job up here."
In Friday's matchup, Cros-Lex let it be known from the outset that they had come to play.
That well-taken point was reflected on the scoreboard as well. There Cros-Lex bolted out to a 33-0 advantage after one quarter was history.
Cros-Lex followed it up with a 20-7 second quarter advantage.
That made it 53-7, Cros-Lex, at the halftime break.
The last two quarters of play were scoreless as Cros-Lex walked off the field with a lopsided win to their credit.
Addam Wierbicki's 16-yard touchdown run and Ben McNally's accurate extra-point boot accounted for Almont's seven-point output.
On the night, Tom Nowicki completed six of 11 pass plays for 103 yards as Almont's quarterback. He threw two interceptions en route to those numbers.
His successful tosses went to two different targets. Their ranks consisted of Aaron May (three catches for 73 yards) and Wierbicki (three receptions for 30 yards).
The Almont ground attack was held to 62 yards on 27 totes.
Individually, Wierbicki (15 rushes for 34 yards) led Almont. The remaining 12 Raider totes netted a combined 28-yard gain.
Erik O'Connor paced the Almont defense. He was credited with six solo stops. Nick Ouillette (five solo stops) and Mike Grundner (four) made their whereabouts felt as well.
Almont will look to bounce back this Friday when it hosts Blue Water Area Conference rival Imlay City. The contest, Almont's homecoming, is slated to get underway at 7 p.m.