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Capac 41, Almont 40


Capac stops two-point bid, holds off Almont in thriller



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October 21, 2009
TRI-CITY AREA — Pat White and Dakota Perry combined to deny Addam Wierbicki on a two-point conversion tote with 28 ticks remaining, enabling visiting Capac to escape with a 41-40 win against Almont in a Blue Water Area Conference varsity football nailbiter last Friday night.

With the decision, Capac moves to 5-3 and 5-2. Almont slips to 5-3 and 4-3.

"That was one exciting high school football game," Capac Coach Tom Manney said. "We have had our share and this ranks right up there with the best," he noted.

"Our defense stepped up when they had to tonight. We now can get into the playoffs with a win next week."

On the opposite sideline, the mood was a bit more somber.

When asked about his decision to forego a possible tie and go for the potential game-winning points, Almont Coach Jeremy Ferman did not hesitate with his response.

"There was never a doubt what we were going to do after the touchdown," Ferman said. "We were going to go for the win," he noted.

"It was a tough loss, but we must put it behind us. We now have to beat Onsted this Friday if we are to return to the playoffs."

The contest looked as if it were headed for overtime when Almont quarterback Tom Nowicki hit Wierbicki for a 15-yard touchdown pass with 28 seconds to play. Their collaboration closed the Raiders' deficit to 41-40 at the time.

That is when Almont opted to go for a two-point conversion and the win instead of knotting the score with an extra-point kick and taking their chances in overtime.

Nowicki took the snap from center and handed it off to Wierbicki. He was met head-on by White and Perry and dragged to the ground before he could reach the endzone.

Capac had come up with a clutch defense stop at a time they needed it most.

Almont then tried an onside kick, hoping to land on the loose football. However, the effort travelled just eight yards and rolled dead.

Capac took over on downs at the Almont 48-yard line.

The visiting side then ran out the clock, closing out a hard fought 41-40 road win.

Capac generated their winning 41-point output aided by a Cody Rosseau 18-yard touchdown run (followed by an accurate extra-point kick from Joshua Kaiser); a James Morgan one-yard touchdown run (followed by a successful extra-point boot by Kaiser); a David McKee two-yard touchdown run (followed by an accurate extra-point kick from Kaiser); a Matt Burgess 27-yard fumble recovery return for a touchdown; a Rosseau 28-yard touchdown run; a McKee to Anthony Closurdo 47-yard touchdown pass (followed by a McKee to Perry PAT pass collaboration on a faked extra-point kick). Those scores came with 4:08 showing on the first quarter clock; 9:06 before halftime; with 1:51 showing on the second quarter clock; 10:27 before the third quarter was to end; with 48 seconds showing on the third quarter clock; and 3:46 before the fourth quarter was to end.

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Almont defender Nick Ouillette looks to wrap up Capac’s Anthony Closurdo in Friday’s encounter. photo by Kevin Kissane.
Almont managed their 40-point output aided by an Erik O'Conner 23-yard touchdown run (followed by a successful extra-point kick courtesy of Ben McNally); a Wierbicki 43-yard touchdown run; a Garrett Savage 33-yard touchdown run (followed by an accurate extra-point boot from McNally); a Wierbicki three-yard touchdown run (followed by a successful extra-point kick courtesy of McNally); a Nowicki one-yard touchdown run (followed by an accurate extra-point boot from McNally); and a Nowicki to Wierbicki 15-yard touchdown pass. Those scores happened with 8:03 showing on the first quarter clock; 6:44 before halftime; with 5:53 showing on the second quarter clock; 9:20 before the third quarter was to end; with 4:17 showing on the third quarter clock; and with 28 seconds remaining.

For the night, McKee completed one of four pass plays for 47 yards as Capac's quarterback. He threw zero interceptions en route to those numbers.

His successful toss was distributed to Closurdo.

Austin Morgan was the other Capac player who opted to air out the football. His lone attempt fell incomplete.

The Capac ground attack chewed up 304 yards of territory on 58 totes.

Individually, James Morgan (30 rushes for 176 yards) proved Capac's headliner. He was backed by Closurdo (67 yards on 12 totes) and Rosseau (five rushes for 55 yards). The remaining 11 Chief totes netted a combined five-yard loss.

Thomas Bolday put up Capac's best defensive numbers, collecting 17 solos and four assists. He was backed by Aaron Sammut (three solos and six assists), Eddie Niemi (seven solos), McKee (six solos and one assist), Mike Burgess (five solos and one assist) and Andrew McDunnah (three solos and two assists).

The Capac defense also registered four takeaways. Shaun O'Brien, Matt Burgess, Kenny Polzin and Sammut furnished those.

For the evening, Nowicki connected on four of four pass plays for 52 yards as Almont's quarterback.

His completions went to four different targets. Their ranks consisted of Derek Kopp (one catch for 22 yards), Wierbicki (one reception for 15 yards) along with Aaron May and Aaron Haley (one catch for seven yards each).

The Almont ground attack added 374 yards on 51 totes.

Individually, Wierbicki (19 rushes for 206 yards), Savage (90 yards on 16 totes) and O'Conner (10 rushes for 60 yards) headlined for Almont. The remaining six Raider totes netted a combined 18-yard gain.

O'Connor paced the Almont defense. He was credited with 14 solo stops. Nick Ouillette (10 solos and one assist), Jake Ferrell (eight solos and one assist) and John Eschenburg (six solos and two assists) supported his performance.

The Almont defense also claimed two takeaways. Joe Tersigni and Eschenburg (a fumble recovery each) contributed those.

Capac returns to action this Friday when it entertains Detroit Loyola, while Almont hosts Onsted. The non-league clashes list 7 p.m. starting times.

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