The Capac varsity football team takes time out for a picture after wrapping up a Division 5 state playoff berth. photo by Kevin Kissane.
October 28, 2009
CAPAC — The Capac varsity football team will be making their first appearance in the state playoffs since the 2003 campaign, accomplishing the feat with a 27-8 triumph against visiting non-league counterpart Detroit Loyola last Friday night.
With the outcome, Capac (6-3) advances to next Friday's Division 5, Region 4, District 2 opening round state playoff clash where it will entertain Harper Woods Chandler Park (7-2). Detroit Loyola sees a 5-4 regular season draw to a close.
"When we started the season 0-2 and then went to 1-3, I'm sure there weren't a lot of people around who thought we would be in the position we are tonight," Capac Coach Tom Manney said. "The exception to that were our fans, players and coaches who always believed we had what it takes to win our next five games," he noted.
"They wound up being right after all. It is a great feeling to be a part of the state playoffs."
In Friday's matchup, Capac jumped out to a 7-0 advantage after one quarter was complete.
Quarter number two was scoreless.
That left Capac holding a 7-0 advantage at the halftime break.
When the action resumed, Detroit Loyola bounced back with an 8-6 third quarter edge.
That made it 13-8, Capac, at the 36-minute mark.
Capac then outscored Detroit Loyola 14-0 the rest of the way, leaving the field with a 27-8 triumph to their credit.
The victorious Capac side generated their 27-point output aided by a Brian Kulman five-yard touchdown tote (followed by a successful extra-point kick courtesy of Joshua Kaiser); a Kulman four-yard touchdown run; a Matt Burgess 48-yard interception return for a touchdown (followed by an accurate boot from Kaiser); and a James Morgan two-yard touchdown run (followed by a successful extra-point kick courtesy of Kaiser). Those scores came when the clock zeroed out at the end of quarter number one; with 53 seconds showing on the third quarter clock; 8:22 before the fourth quarter was to end; and with 4:41 showing on the fourth quarter clock.
Detroit Loyola collected their eight-point total thanks to a Montel Cooks' one-yard touchdown run (followed by a Cooks to Amos Houston PAT pass collaboration) with 6:20 showing on the third quarter clock.
For the evening, David McKee completed one of six pass plays for nine yards as Capac's quarterback. He threw no interceptions en route to those numbers.
Matt Burgess had the lone Capac reception.
The Capac ground attack managed 200 yards on 48 totes.
Individually, Morgan led Capac with 20 rushes for 102 yards. Anthony Closurdo (75 yards on 14 totes) followed. The remaining 14 Chief rushes netted a combined 23-yard gain.
Matt Burgess (nine solos) McKee (eight solos and one assist) and Thomas Bolday (six solos and three assists) posted the top Capac defensive credentials. They were backed by Aaron Sammut (six solos and one assist), Eddie Niemi (five solos and one assist) and Mike Burgess (four solos and one assist).
The Capac defense also notched five takeaways en route to the favorable verdict. Kulman, Niemi and Sammut (a fumble recovery each) along with Matt Burgess and McKee (an interception apiece) provided those.