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Capac rolls past Imlay City, 50-12

September 22, 2010
TRI-CITY AREA — The Capac varsity football team handed host Imlay City a 50-12 setback in a Blue Water Area Conference game last Friday night.

With the decision, Capac goes to 2-2 and 2-1. Imlay City drops to 0-4 and 0-3.

"I thought our defensive line played well tonight," Capac Coach Tom Manney said. "Their performance was the key to the game," he emphasized.

"The front four (Ross Moore, Dakota Perry, Kenny Polzin and Mike Trendy) really stepped up."

On the opposite sideline, Imlay City Coach Ken Day remained as upbeat as possible given the lopsided defeat.

"The wheels fell off early tonight," Day said. "To our kids credit, they fought to the end," he noted.

Capac’s Aaron Sammut looks up the field as Imlay City’s Sam Lyscas pursues in Friday’s BWAC game. photo by Kevin Kissane.
"We will continue to work hard in practice to become a better team."

In Friday's confrontation, Capac jumped out to a 14-0 lead after one quarter was complete.

Quarter number two saw Capac amass 22 points, while Imlay City generated 12.

That left Capac holding a 36-12 cushion at the halftime break.

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

Aided by a 7-0 third quarter advantage, Capac raised its lead to 43-12 with 36 minutes into the record books.

Capac then outscored Imlay City 7-0 from that point on, leaving the field with a favorable 50-12 verdict to their credit.

The winning Capac side produced their 50-point total aided by an Anthony Closurdo eight-yard touchdown tote; an Aaron Sammut 34-yard touchdown run (followed by a PAT pass from Austin Morgan to Dakota Perry); a Sammut one-yard touchdown tote (followed by a Morgan to Josh Harvey PAT pass collaboration); a Morgan to Harvey 40-yard touchdown pass (followed by an accurate extra-point kick courtesy of Travis Tullio); a Morgan to Perry 29-yard touchdown pass (followed by a successful extra-point boot from Tullio): a Sammut 13-yard touchdown run (followed by an accurate extra-point kick courtesy of Tullio); and a Sammut 27-yard touchdown run (followed by a successful extra-point boot from Tullio).

Imlay City managed their 12 point output thanks to a Nick Nivison to A.J. Caldwell 37-yard touchdown pass; and a John Loveless nine-yard touchdown run.

On the evening, Austin Morgan completed five of 12 pass plays for 105 yards as Capac's quarterback. He threw one interception en route to those numbers.

His successful tosses went to three different targets. Their ranks consisted of Harvey (two catches for 42 yards), Perry (two receptions for 36 yards) and Closurdo (one catch for 27 yards).

The Capac ground attack chewed up 286 yards of territory on 37 totes.

Individually, Capac was led by Sammut (15 rushes for 124 yards). Closurdo (76 yards on four totes) and McKee (nine rushes for 52 yards) supported his performance. The remaining nine Chief totes netted a combined 35-yard gain.

Dustin Morgan (six solos and five assists) and Thomas Bolday (five solos and six assists) paced Capac's defense. Sammut (four solos and two assists), Korbyn Anderson (three solos and three assists) and Josh Tucker (two solos and three assists) made their whereabouts known as well.

The Capac defense also claimed three takeaways. Sammut and Perry (a fumble recovery each) along with McKee (an interception) furnished those.

For the night, Nivison wound up five of 12 for 102 yards as Imlay City's quarterback. He threw one interception along the way.

His successful throws were distributed to three different targets. Caldwell (three catches for 50 yards) plus William Guldi (a 26-yard reception) and Loveless (a 26-yard catch) formed that group.

The Imlay City ground game added 106 yards on 31 totes.

Individually, Loveless led Imlay City with 16 rushes for 69 yards. The remaining 15 Spartan totes netted a combined gain of 37 yards.

A.J. Kanaziz (five solos and four assists) plus Mike Nagy and Caldwell (six solos and two assists each) paced the Imlay City defense. Sam Lyscas (six solos and one assist), Kyle Guerrero (five solos and two assists) and Kent Wargo (three solos and one assist) made their presence felt as well.

Imlay City also registered one takeaway. Lyscas (an interception) accounted for that.

Capac will look to make it back-to-back BWAC wins this Friday when Richmond pays a visit, while Imlay City makes a road trip the same day to face league counterpart Cros-Lex. Both contests are 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.
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