October 21, 2009 IMLAY CITY — The Imlay City varsity football team fell behind 30-6 at the halftime break and that would prove the eventual final score in a Blue Water Area Conference matchup versus host Richmond last Friday night.
With the result, Richmond raises its mark to 5-3 and 5-2. Imlay City drops to 0-8 and 0-7.
"We played pretty good defense," Imlay City Coach John Forti said. "We just didn't execute on offense," he noted.
"The kids never gave up."
In Friday's matchup, Richmond grabbed a 14-0 lead after one quarter.
Not content with that cushion, Richmond followed it up with a 16-6 second quarter edge.
That staked Richmond to a 30-6 lead at the halftime break.
The last 24 minutes of action would prove scoreless, leaving Richmond with a favorable verdict to celebrate at night's end.
A Nick Nivison to Aaron Thompson three-yard touchdown pass accounted for Imlay City's six-point output that evening.
For the night, Thompson wound up 18 for 41 for 192 yards as Imlay City's quarterback. He threw two interceptions along the way.
Nivison (one for one for three yards) and Chaz Hill (zero for one with one interception) were the other Imlay City players who opted to air out the football.
Nivison concluded the contest as Imlay City's top target, grabbing 10 catches for 111 yards. He was backed by Jeff Titus (three receptions for 12 yards), Kevin Shene (two catches for 38 yards), Eric Harbin (one catch for 21 yards), John Loveless (one reception for eight yards), Thompson (one catch for three yards) and Hill (one reception for two yards).
The Imlay City ground attack was held to 14 yards on 17 totes.
Individually, Loveless paced Imlay City with seven rushes for 30 yards. The remaining 10 Spartan totes netted a combined 16-yard loss.
Shene (eight solos and five assists) posted the top Imlay City defensive credentials). Harbin added six solos and one assist to the Spartans' cause.
The Imlay City defense also collected one takeaway. Harbin (an interception) had that.
Imlay City wraps up their 2009 slate this Friday when it hosts Burton Bentley. The non-league clash begins at 7 p.m.