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Playoff hopes alive!

Capac slips by Yale, 14-13, two wins from appearing in postseason action

Mike Burgess, of Capac, upends Yale’s Jon Bricker on a play near the goal-line during last Friday’s Blue Water Area Conference battle. photo by Kevin Kissane.

October 14, 2009
CAPAC — The Capac varsity football team (4-3, 4-2) remained in the hunt for a possible state playoff berth, accomplishing the feat with a 14-13 win against visiting Yale (5-2, 4-2) in a Blue Water Area Conference varsity football battle last Friday night.

"Our defense did a great job, especially after the half," Capac Coach Tom Manney said. "They really stepped it up when we needed it most," he noted.

"Thomas Bolday, David McKee, Andrew McDunnah and Mike Burgess stood out on that side of the ball. Their play proved key to our win."

In Friday's battle, Capac and Yale ended the opening quarter with seven points each.

Quarter number two saw Yale collect six points, while keeping Capac scoreless.

That staked Yale to a 13-7 cushion over Capac at the halftime break.

Quarter number three saw neither side change the scoreboard count.

Capac then outscored Yale 7-0 the rest of the way, assuring themselves of a 14-13 triumph at night's end.

The victorious Capac side generated their 14-point output aided by an Anthony Closurdo one-yard touchdown run (followed by an accurate extra-point boot from Joshua Kaiser); and a James Morgan 32-yard touchdown run (followed by a successful extra-point kick courtesy of Kaiser). Those scores happened with 8:00 showing on the first quarter clock and 7:58 before the fourth quarter was to end.

Yale logged their 13-point total thanks to a David Hill four-yard touchdown run (followed by an accurate extra-point boot from Jon Bricker); and a Houston Blake one-yard touchdown run. Those scores came with 1:04 showing on the first quarter clock; and 4:05 before halftime.

On the night, McKee completed two of three pass plays for 10 yards as Capac's quarterback. He threw zero interceptions en route to those numbers.

His successful tosses went to two different targets. Their ranks consisted of Matt Burgess (a 13-yard reception) and Josh Harvey (a catch for a three-yard loss).

The Capac ground attack amassed 256 yards on 51 totes.

Individually, Morgan (24 rushes for 177 yards), and Closurdo (77 yards on 12 totes), led the way. The remaining 15 Chief rushes netted a combined two-yard gain.

Bolday (eight solos and three assists), McKee (10 solos) and McDunnah (eight solos and two assists) paced Capac's defense. Sammut (six solos and two assists), Mike Burgess (six solos and one assist), Ed Niemi (three solos and three assists), Josh Tucker (two solos and three assists) and Korbyn Anderson (four solos and one assist) supported their performances.

The Capac defense also registered a pair of takeaways. Sammut (two fumble recoveries) contributed those.

Capac returns to action this Friday with a road trip to Almont. The Blue Water Area Conference clash lists a 7 p.m. starting time.

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