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Imlay City closes '09 season with 48-39 setback to Bentley

October 28, 2009
IMLAY CITY — The Imlay City varsity football team wrapped up their 2009 campaign with a 48-39 setback to visiting Burton Bentley in a non-league meeting last Friday night.

With the outcome, Burton Bentley winds up 3-6. Imlay City finishes at 0-9.

"We got off to a quick start," Imlay City Coach John Forti said. "The kids played hard again, but it just wasn't enough," he noted.

In Friday's clash, Imlay City bolted out to a 26-16 advantage after one quarter was history.

Burton Bentley then bounced back with an 8-0 second quarter edge.

That trimmed Burton Bentley's deficit to 26-24 at the halftime break.

When the action resumed, Burton Bentley picked up where it left off.

Aided by a 16-7 third quarter cushion, Burton Bentley grabbed a 40-33 advantage at the 36-minute mark.

Burton Bentley then outscored Imlay City 8-6 from that point on, putting the finishing touches on a 48-39 win.

In defeat, Imlay City produced their 39-point output aided by a John Loveless five-yard touchdown run; a Loveless 20-yard touchdown run; an Aaron Thompson to Nick Nivison 49-yard touchdown pass (followed by a Nivison PAT run); a Thompson to Nivison 15-yard touchdown pass; a Thompson to Nivison 27-yard touchdown pass (followed by an accurate extra-point kick courtesy of Thompson); and a Thompson 10-yard touchdown run.

For the night, Thompson connected on 13 of 33 pass plays for 230 yards as Imlay City's quarterback. He was intercepted zero times along the way.

His completions went to four different targets. Their ranks consisted of Nivison (seven catches for 132 yards), Loveless (three receptions for 42 yards), Eric Harbin (two catches for 33 yards) and Kevin Shene (one reception for 23 yards).

The Imlay City ground game managed 186 yards, requiring 29 totes to generate that total.

Individually, Loveless (16 rushes for 136 yards) and Nivison (44 yards on four totes) led Imlay City. The remaining nine Spartan rushes netted a combined six-yard gain.

Jordan McNary (two solos and six assists) paced the Imlay City defense. He was backed by Nivison (two solos and four assists), P.J. Crow (two solos and three assists), Kyle Maliszewski, Mike Nagy and Harbin (four solos apiece) and Shene (three solos and one assist).

The Imlay City defense also collected three takeaways. Jeff Titus and Harbin (an interception each) plus Loveless (a fumble recovery) furnished those.

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