Almont’s Jack Paupert heads for a first down as a host of Imlay City tacklers pursue in Friday’s BWAC football game.

TRI-CITY AREA — Almont claimed a 56-7 win at visiting Imlay City’s expense in a Blue Water Area Conference varsity football matchup last Friday night.
With the decision, Almont moves to 2-0 and 1-0. Imlay City slips to 1-1 and 0-1.
“It was nice to open BWAC play with a win in front of our home crowd,” Almont Coach James Leusby said. “We were able to get the young guys some much needed experience again tonight,” he noted.
“We still have a lot of work to get to where we want so we will get back at it Monday to prepare for our next game.”
On the opposite sideline, Imlay City Coach Brian Tresnak had this take about the ball game.
“We are going to use this as a learning experience and get ourselves ready to go next week,” Tresnak said.
In Friday’s matchup, Almont jumped out to a 14-0 advantage after one quarter was done.
Almont then widened the gap to 35-0 at the halftime break and 49-0 with three quarters complete.
Quarter four saw both sides collect seven points, leaving Almont up 56-7 at night’s end.
Almont generated their winning 56-point total aided by a Mason Smith 28-yard touchdown run; a Michael Lulgjuraj four-yard touchdown run (followed by a PAT tote by Jack Paupert); a Josh Hellebuyck to Colby Schapman five-yard touchdown pass; a Smith five-yard touchdown run (followed by a Paupert PAT tote); a Hellebuyck to Paupert six-yard touchdown pass (followed by a successful extra point boot from Brandon Hunsaker); a Hellebuyck to Schapman 17-yard touchdown pass (followed by a successful extra point kick courtesy of Hunsaker); a Charlie Koenig 67-yard touchdown run (followed by an accurate extra point boot from Hunsaker); and a Hunsaker 25-yard touchdown run (followed by a successful extra point kick courtesy of Hunsaker).
Imlay City produced their seven-point output aided by a Riley Bertram 46-yard touchdown run (followed by an accurate extra point boot from Wyatt Luther).
On the night, Hellebuyck completed five of eight pass plays for 48 yards as Almont’s quarterback. He threw zero interceptions along the way.
His successful tosses went to three different targets. Their ranks consisted of Schapman (three catches for 32 yards), Jackson Malcolm (one reception for 10 yards) and Paupert (one catch for six yards).
The Almont ground attack finished with 338 yards on 28 totes.
Individually, Koenig (one rush for 67 yards), Jacob Castillo (64 yards on six totes), Smith (four rushes for 56 yards) and Paupert (42 yards on five totes) put up Almont’s best numbers. The remaining 12 Raider rushes netted a combined 109-yard gain.
Nolan Panduren (two solos and four assists), Blake Kapron (one solo and five assists) and Scott* Pape (two solos and three assists) provided Almont’s top tackle outputs.
Almont also notched one takeaway. Jacob Hausmann (an interception) accounted for that.
For the evening, Bertram connected on one of four pass plays for two yards as Imlay City’s quarterback. He threw one interception en route to those numbers.
Cristian Rojas supplied the lone Imlay City catch.
The Imlay City ground attack wound up with 81 yards on 39 totes.
Austin DeRocher (13 rushes for 34 yards) and Bertram (30 yards on eight totes) registered Imlay City’s top outputs. The remaining 18 Spartan rushes netted a combined 17-yard gain.
Almont resumes their schedule this Friday with a road trip to Algonac, while Imlay City entertains Cros-Lex. Those BWAC battles both 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.