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Almont wins opener, 14-8

Raiders score early, then hold off Standish-Sterling

September 01, 2010
ALMONT — The Almont varsity football team opened their 2010 season with a 14-8 road triumph against non-league adversary Standish-Sterling last Friday night.

"Overall it was a good win to start the season with," Almont Coach Jeremy Ferman said. "Standish-Sterling is a very physical team, he noted.

"Still, we were able to withstand their power. We made some mistakes but plan to have them fixed when we go to Capac Thursday for our BWAC opener."

In Friday's game, Almont jumped out to a 6-0 lead after one quarter had ended.

Almont followed it up with an 8-0 second quarter advantage.

That left Almont holding a 14-0 cushion at the halftime break.

The next 12-minute stretch saw both sides account for zero points.

Standish-Sterling then fought back with an 8-0 fourth quarter rally, only to fall by a 14-8 count when the final scores were added up.

Almont logged their winning 14-point output aided by an Evan Shelton four-yard touchdown run; and a Shelton two-yard touchdown tote (followed by a PAT run by Jordan Stanek). Those scores came with 2:22 showing on the first quarter clock; and 10:40 before halftime.

Standish-Sterling managed their eight-point total thanks to a Garrett Pierce five-yard touchdown run (followed by a PAT tote courtesy of Tanner Mitrzyk.

For the evening, Tom Nowicki proved true on three of five pass plays as Almont's quarterback. He threw zero interceptions en route to those numbers.

His successful tosses went to two different targets. Aaron May (two catches for 15 yards) and Stanek (one reception for 11 yards) formed that group.

The Almont ground attack managed 203 yards on 47 totes.

Individually, Travis Zelkowski (16 rushes for 136 yards) put up Almont's best numbers. Shelton (46 yards on 11 totes) and Stanek (14 rushes for 30 yards) followed. The remaining six Raider totes netted a combined nine-yard loss.

Nick Ouillete and Jake Ferrell paced Almont's defense with eight solo stops each. John Finn (five solos), along with Jimmy Sribniak and May (three each) made their presence felt as well.

The Almont defense also collected three takeaways. May and Sribniak (an interception apiece) plus Kevin Creger (a fumble recovery) generated those.

Almont will look to continue their winning ways this Thursday when it travels to Capac. The matchup, the Blue Water Area Conference opener for both schools, begins at 7 p.m.

Kevin Kissane has been covering high school sports for the Tri-City Times since 1985. When not standing on a field or court with his camera and notepad, he enjoys golf, travel and family. Kevin is a 1980 graduate of Capac High School, and is also a grad of St. Clair Community College and earned a degree in journalism from Central Michigan University.
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