October 14, 2009 IMLAY CITY — The Imlay City varsity football team (0-7, 0-6) remained winless following a 40-14 road setback to Blue Water Area Conference counterpart Algonac (1-6, 1-5) last Friday night.
In Friday's game, Imlay City grabbed a 7-6 edge over Algonac after one quarter was complete.
The next 12-minute stretch saw Algonac manage 14 points, while holding Imlay City to none.
That made it 20-7, Algonac, at the halftime break.
When the action resumed, Algonac established even more breathing room.
Aided by a 20-7 third quarter edge, Algonac took a 40-14 advantage at the 24-minute mark.
The remaining 12 minutes of play was scoreless, leaving Algonac with a win to celebrate when the final second ticked off the clock.
Imlay City amassed their 14-point total thanks to a Nick Nivison two-yard touchdown tote (followed by a successful extra-point kick courtesy of Aaron Thompson); and a Robert Huff two-yard touchdown run (followed by an accurate extra-point boot from Thompson).
For the evening, Thompson completed 19 of 48 pass plays for 243 yards as Imlay City's quarterback. He threw four interceptions en route to those numbers.
Nivison was the other Imlay City player who opted to air out the football. He completed one of two tosses for two yards.
Imlay City had seven different performers notch at least one catch. Their ranks consisted of Jeff Titus (six receptions for 73 yards), Nivison (four catches for 38 yards), Eric Harbin (three receptions for 70 yards), Chaz Hill (three catches for 47 yards), Kevin Shene (two receptions for 15 yards), John Loveless (one catch for two yards) and Jason Warner (one reception for no gain).
The Imlay City ground attack managed 80 yards on 24 totes.
Individually, Nivison (five rushes for 34 yards) and Loveless (31 yards on five totes) put up Imlay City's best numbers. The remaining 14 Spartan rushes netted a combined 15-yard gain.
P.J. Crow (nine solos) and Shene (five solos) paced Imlay City's defense. A.J. Caldwell (four solos) along with Carlos Sanchez and Chaz Hill (three solos and one assist apiece) supported their performances.
Imlay City returns to action this Friday when it travels to Richmond. The encounter, between Blue Water Area Conference rivals, lists a 7 p.m. starting time.