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Raiders win game in closing seconds

Almont overcomes 13-point deficit to topple Algonac in homecoming game

September 29, 2010
ALMONT — Tom Nowicki hit Aaron May with a 24-yard touchdown pass and Peter Deppe added a successful extra-point kick with five seconds remaining, lifting Almont to a dramatic 20-13 homecoming victory over Algonac in a Blue Water Area Conference varsity football battle last Friday night.

With the result, Almont raises its mark to 4-1 and 3-1. Algonac watches their record fall to 1-4 and 0-4.

"We got the 'W" but it wasn't easy," Almont Coach Jeremy Ferman acknowledged. "We were fortunate to come away with a win," he noted.

"I am happy for our seniors to get the win. We have a lot of work to do to prepare for our next opponent. It is a big game at Cros-Lex and I expect us to be ready for it."

In Friday's battle, Almont and Algonac completed the opening quarter with zero points apiece.

The next 12-minute stretch saw Algonac manage seven points, good enough for a 7-0 cushion at the halftime break.

When the action resumed, Almont bounced back with a 7-6 third quarter edge.

That made it 13-7, Algonac, at the 36-minute mark.

Almont then outscored Algonac 13-0 the rest of the way, leaving the field with a 20-13 win to their credit.

Prior to the game-winning heroics, Almont accumulated their remaining 13 points courtesy of an Evan Shelton 35-yard touchdown run (followed by a successful extra-point kick courtesy of Deppe) and a Jordan Stanek seven-yard touchdown run. Those scores came in the third and fourth quarters, respectively.

For the night, Nowicki completed eight of 11 pass plays for 106 yards as Almont's quarterback. He threw zero interceptions along the way.

His successful tosses were distributed to four different targets. Their ranks consisted of Stanek (four catches for 45 yards), Cody Gelinski (two receptions for 30 yards), May (one catch for 24 yards) and John Finn (one reception for seven yards).

The Almont ground attack added 127 yards on 32 totes.

Individually, Shelton (10 rushes for 70 yards) and Stanek (51 yards on 12 totes) put up Almont's best numbers. The remaining 10 Raider rushes netted a combined seven-yard gain.

Nick Ouillette paced the Almont defense with seven solo tackles. Rene Santana and Jake Ferrell added six solo tackles apiece to the Raiders' cause.

The Almont defense also notched three takeaways. Kevin Creger and Derek Kopp (a fumble recovery each) along with Stanek (an interception) accounted for those.

Almont returns to action this Friday when it hosts Cros-Lex in a Blue Water Area Conference contest. That matchup lists a 7 p.m. starting time.

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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