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Millington ends Capac's season


Slow start dooms Chiefs' hopes



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November 03, 2010
CAPAC — Capac fell behind 28-6 at the halftime break, leading to a 42-12 road loss to Millington in a Division 5, Region 4, District 2 pre-district matchup last Friday night.

With the decision, Millington (9-1) advances to this Friday's district championship encounter where it will host Birch Run (9-1). That contest is slated to get underway at 7 p.m. Capac watches a 6-4 campaign reach an endpoint.

"This wasn't the way we wanted to go out," Capac Coach Tom Manney said. "Give Millington credit, they got out to a quick start and never let us get back into the game," he noted.

"Still, we had a good season. We won a share of our first-ever Blue Water Area Conference title, reached the playoffs for the second straight season and wound up 6-4. I know there are a lot of teams out there who would've liked to have accomplished what we did."

In Friday's matchup, Millington jumped out to a 21-6 advantage after one quarter was complete.

Quarter number two saw Millington collect seven points, while holding Capac to none.

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Anthony Closurdo, of Capac, looks to shed a Millington tackler in Friday’s playoff encounter. photo by Kevin Kissane.
That staked Millington to a commanding 28-6 lead at the halftime break.

When the action resumed, Millington padded its cushion some.

Aided by a 14-0 third quarter edge, Millington forged a 42-6 advantage at the 24-minute mark.

Capac then put together a 6-0 fourth quarter rally, only to drop a 42-12 verdict.

The winning Millington side produced their 42-point output aided by a Jesse Stewart one-yard touchdown run (followed by a PAT tote from Mitchell Wilkerson); a

Noah Moore to Cameron Wilson 63-yard touchdown pass (followed by a successful extra-point courtesy of Wilkerson); a Moore to Wilson 29-yard touchdown pass; a Kile Lester 40-yard touchdown run (followed by an accurate extra-point boot from Wilkerson); a Stewart one-yard touchdown run (followed by a successful extra-point kick courtesy of Wilkerson); and a Moore seven-yard touchdown run (followed by an accurate extra-point boot from Wilkerson). Those scores came with 8:04 showing on the first quarter clock; 4:27 before the first quarter was to end; with 3:21 showing on the the first quarter clock; 1:34 before halftime; with 10:10 showing on the third quarter clock; and 5:57 before the third quarter was to end.

Capac managed their 12-point total thanks to an Austin Morgan to Josh Harvey 77-yard touchdown pass and an Austin Morgan to Dave McKee 17-yard touchdown pass. Those scores happened 2:30 before the opening quarter was to end and with 4:29 showing on the fourth quarter clock.

For the evening, Austin Morgan completed 10 of 18 pass plays for 164 yards as Capac's quarterback. He threw zero interceptions en route to those numbers.

McKee was the other Capac player who opted to air out the football. His lone attempt fell incomplete.

Austin Morgan's successful tosses were distributed to four different targets. Their ranks consisted of Harvey (four catches for 120 yards), McKee (three receptions for 38 yards), Aaron Sammut (two catches for a one-yard loss) and Anhtony Closurdo (one reception for seven yards).

The Capac ground game added 106 yards on 30 totes.

Individually, McKee (11 rushes for 58 yards) and Closurdo (23 yards on nine totes) put up Capac's best numbers. Sammut (seven rushes for 19 yards) and Eric Withun (12 yards on two totes) followed. The remaining Chief rush went for a six-yard loss.

Thomas Bolday (seven solos and four assists) paced the Capac defense. McKee (five solos and two assists), Josh Tucker (three solos and three assists) and Sammut (three solos and two assists) backed his effort.

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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