Evan Shelton, of Almont, heads for a first down as Richmond’s Adrian Morang gives chase during last Friday’s Blue Water Area Conference football matchup. Almont won the contest by a 50-13 score. photo by Kevin Kissane.
September 15, 2010
ALMONT — Almont rolled to a convincing 50-13 victory over visiting Richmond in a Blue Water Area Conference varsity football game last Friday night.
With the decision, Almont improves to 2-1 and 1-1. Richmond falls to 1-2 and 1-1.
"The kids came out with a chip on their shoulder," Almont Coach Jeremy Ferman said. "We wanted to prove we were a better ballclub than we showed the previous week against Capac," he noted.
"The difference tonight was we were able to finish off our drives. When we got into scoring position we were able to get touchdowns."
In Friday's game, Almont bolted out to a 12-7 advantage after one quarter was done.
Quarter number two would see Almont collect 13 points, while holding Richmond to six.
That made it 25-13, Almont, at the halftime break.
When the action resumed, Almont picked up where it left off.
Aided by a 12-0 third quarter advantage, Almont increased their cushion to 37-13 at the 36-minute mark.
Almont then outscored Richmond 13-0 the rest of the way, assuring themselves of a 50-13 victory when the final second ticked off the clock.
The winning Almont side amassed their 50-point output aided by a Jordan Stanek 12-yard touchdown run; an Evan Shelton nine-yard touchdown run; a Tom Nowicki one-yard touchdown run (followed by a successful extra-point kick courtesy of Rene Santana); a Travis Zelkowski 18-yard touchdown run; a Stanek six-yard touchdown run; a Zelkowski 12-yard touchdown run; a Brent Gibbs to Kevin Creger 28-yard touchdown pass (followed by an accurate extra-point boot courtesy of Santana); and an Aaron Born seven-yard touchdown run.
For the evening, Gibbs completed one of one pass plays for 28 yards as Almont's quarterback. He threw zero interceptions en route to those numbers.
Tom Nowicki also saw time at quarterback for Almont. He wound up one for two for 32 yards and none of his throws were intercepted.
Their successful tosses were distributed to Creger (two catches for 60 yards).
The Almont ground attack added 474 yards on 44 totes.
Individually, Travis Zelkowski (12 rushes for 174 yards), Stanek (13 totes for 167 yards) and Shelton (13 rushes for 74 yards) led Almont. supported their performances. The remaining six Raider rushes netted a combined 59-yard gain.
Santana (five solos) paced Almont's defense. Nick Ouillette and Jake Ferrell added three solos each to the Raiders' cause.
The Almont defense also claimed one takeaway. Matt Harris (an interception) provided that.
Almont will look to make it back-to-back wins this Friday when they head to Yale for a Blue Water Area Conference battle. That contest is slated to get underway 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.