CAPAC — Host Madison Heights Madison used a 12-0 second half advantage to close out a 25-7 win against Capac in a Division 5, Region 4, District 2 championship football battle last Friday night.
With the outcome, Madison Heights Madison (11-0) advances to this Friday's regional championship game where it will square off versus visiting Jackson Lumen Christi (10-1). That matchup lists a 7 p.m. starting time. Capac watches an outstanding 7-4 season wind down.
"We had some success, but their speed was phenomenal," Capac Coach Tom Manney commented.
"It was a great effort on our part. I am proud of the character our team showed tonight and throughout the season. Our team was able to have the type of season not too many people thought they could."
Pat White, of Capac, suits up for his teamís Division 5 district title clash last Friday night. photo by Kevin Kissane.
In Friday's battle for district supremacy, Madison Heights Madison bolted out to a 13-0 advantage after one quarter was complete.
Capac then bounced back with a 7-0 second quarter edge.
That made the scoreboard read 13-7, Madison Height Madison, at the halftime break.
When the action resumed, Madison Heights Madison padded its advantage some.
Aided by a 6-0 third quarter edge, Madison Heights Madison took a 19-7 lead at the 36-minute mark.
Madison Heights Madison then outscored Capac 6-0 the rest of the way, assuring themselves of a deceptively distant 25-7 win when the final second ticked off the clock.
The victorious Madison Heights Madison side generated their 25-point output aided by a Valdez Showers one-yard touchdown run (followed by a successful extra-point kick courtesy of Isaiah Thomas); a Percy Johnson 10-yard touchdown run; a Tony Lowry one-yard touchdown run; and a Bakari Allen seven-yard touchdown run. Those scores came with 4:59 showing on the first quarter clock; :02 before the first quarter was to end; with 1:12 showing on the third quarter clock; and 2:19 before the fourth quarter was to end.
Capac produced their seven-point total thanks to an Aaron Sammut one-yard touchdown tote and an accurate extra-point boot from Joshua Kaiser. Their points came with 2:02 showing on the second quarter clock.
For the evening, David McKee completed one of six pass plays for 19 yards as Capac's quarterback. He threw one interception en route to those numbers.
Matt Burgess hauled in Capac's reception.
Austin Morgan was the other Capac player who opted to air out the football. His lone attempt was incomplete.
The Capac ground attack added 139 yards on 42 totes.
Individually, Anthony Closurdo (13 rushes for 78 yards) and James Morgan (59 yards on 19 totes) put up Capac's best numbers. The remaining 10 Chief rushes netted a combined two-yard gain.
From a defensive standpoint, Kenny Polzin (five solos and three assists), Thomas Bolday (seven solos and one assist) and McKee (seven solos) paced Capac. Mike Burgess (five solos and one assist), Andrew McDunnah (four solos and two assists), Arthur Andrade and Dakota Perry (four solos and one assist each) and Sammut (three solos and one assist) made their presence felt as well.
The Capac defense also registered one takeaway that evening. Mike Burgess (a fumble recovery) accounted for that.