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Capac wins nailbiter over Almont, 24-19

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Aaron Sammut, of Capac, works for extra yardage during last Thursday’s BWAC gridiron contest versus Almont. photo by Kevin Kissane.

September 08, 2010
TRI-CITY AREA — Capac prevented Almont from returning home with their perfect record intact, earning a 24-19 win in a Blue Water Area Conference varsity football encounter last Thursday night.

With the outcome, Capac ups its mark to 1-1 and 1-0. Almont drops to 1-1 and 0-1.

"It was an exciting high school football game to watch," Capac Coach Tom Manney said. "The fans who turned out really got their money's worth tonight," he noted.

"The offenses were strong and it was an even contest. Both teams played hard and we were able to pull it out in the end."

On the opposite sideline, Almont Coach Jeremy Ferman agreed that the clash was up for grabs until the very end.

"Hats off to Tom Manney," Ferman said. "His team played more physical than we did and that proved the difference tonight,"he acknowledged.

In Thursday's contest, Capac jumped out to a 12-6 advantage after one quarter was complete.

Quarter number two saw Almont collect seven points and Capac amass six.

That left Capac holding an 18-13 edge at the halftime break.

When the action resumed, Almont continued their comeback bid.

Aided by a 6-0 third quarter advantage, Almont took a 19-18 edge at the 36-minute mark.

Capac then outscored Almont 6-0 the rest of the way, good enough for a 24-19 victory when the final second ticked off the clock.

The victorious Capac side managed their 24-point output aided by a David McKee to Anthony Closurdo 34-yard touchdown pass; a McKee one-yard touchdown run; a Thomas Bolday 23-yard interception return for a touchdown; and a seven-yard touchdown run by Aaron Sammut. Those scores came with 8:12 showing on the first quarter clock; 2:20 before the opening quarter was to end; with 5:50 showing on the second quarter clock; and 4:34 before the fourth quarter was to end.

Almont amassed their -point total thanks to a Travis Zelkowski 35-yard touchdown run; an Evan Shelton 68-yard touchdown run (followed by an accurate extra-point boot courtesy of Rene Santana; and a Shelton 60-yard touchdown run.

For the evening, McKee completed three of five pass plays for 52 yards as Capac's quarterback. He threw no interceptions along the way.

His successful tosses went to two different targets. Their ranks consisted of Dakota Perry (two catches for 18 yards) and Closurdo (one reception for 34 yards).

Austin Morgan was the other Capac performer who opted to air out the football. He wound up zero for two with no interceptions.

The Capac ground attack chewed up 222 yards of territory on 45 totes.

Individually, Sammut (21 rushes for 132 yards) and Closurdo (55 yards on 10 totes) put up Capac's best numbers. The remaining 14 Chief rushes netted a combined 35-yard gain.

Bolday (six solos and eight assists) led Capac's defense. He was backed by Dustin Morgan (one solo and nine assists), Sean O'Brien (two solos and five assists), Korbyn Anderson (one solo and six assists), McKee (two solos and four assists), Sammut (one solo and four assists), Kenny Polzin (two solos and two assists) and Ross Moore (one solo and three assists).

The Capac defense also managed four takeaways. Bolday and O'Brien (one interception each) along with Michael Trendy and Anderson (a fumble recovery apiece) provided those.

On the night, Tom Nowicki proved true on four of nine pass plays for 53 yards as Almont's quarterback. He was intercepted one time en route to those numbers.

His accurate tosses went to three different different targets. Aaron May (two catches for 11 yards), Shelton (one reception for 35 yards) and Jordan Stanek (one catch for seven yards) comprised that group.

Brent Gibbs was the other Almont player who opted to air out the football. His lone attempt was picked off by a Capac defender.

The Almont ground attack added 347 yards on 46 totes.

Individually, Shelton (14 rushes for 193 yards) along with Zelkowski (80 yards on 14 totes) and Stanek (14 rushes for 74 yards) generated Almont's top credentials. The remaining four Raider rushes netted zero yards.

Santana paced Almont's defense with 11 solo stops. Jake Ferrell (seven solos) and Nick Ouillette (six) made their presence felt as well.

The Almont defense also registered three takeways. logged those. John Finn, J.D. Waters and Ferrell (a recovery each) furnished those.

Capac and Almont return to action this Friday. The former hosts BWAC rival Cros-Lex, while the latter entertains league counterpart Richmond. Those contests begin 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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