Almont runs by Clio in week nine
The Almont varsity football team wrapped up their second straight unbeaten regular season run, accomplishing the feat with a 50-12 triumph against visiting Clio in a non-league encounter last Friday night.
With the decision, Almont ends the regular season portion of their schedule as owners of a 9-0 mark.
“I am proud of our guys for finishing the regular season strong in front of our home crowd. “Now we just have to wait and see who we will play next week,” he noted.
“We will get back to work on Monday.”
In Friday’s encounter, Almont built a 14-6 advantage after one quarter was over with.
Almont then struck with a 28-0 second quarter advantage, pushing their cushion to 42-6 at halftime.
When the action resumed, Almont continued to pull away. Aided by an 8-6 third quarter edge, the Raiders widened the gap to 50-12 with 36 minutes gone.
That was followed by a scoreless fourth quarter of play.
Almont produced their winning 50-point output aided by a Jack Paupert 34-yard touchdown run (followed by a successful extra point kick courtesy of Brandon Hunsaker); a Josh Hellebuyck to Colby Schapman 12-yard touchdown pass (followed by an accurate extra point boot from Hunsaker); a Paupert 25-yard touchdown run (followed by a successful extra point kick courtesy of Hunsaker); a Hellebuyck to Paupert 41-yard touchdown pass; a Hellebuyck to Schapman 22-yard touchdown pass (followed by a PAT tote from Paupert); a Hellebuyck five-yard touchdown run (followed by an accurate extra point boot by Hunsaker); and a Lucas DeLaurier one-yard touchdown run (followed by a PAT tote from Noah Houvener).
For the night, Hellebuyck completed seven of seven pass plays for 130 yards as Almont’s quarterback.
Houvener was the other Almont player who opted to air out the football. He connected on one of two pass plays for 34 yards.
Almont’s completions went to three different targets. Their ranks consisted of Paupert (four catches for 83 yards), Schapman (three receptions for 47 yards) and Scott Pape (one catch for 34 yards).
The Almont ground attack added 193 yards on 26 totes.
Paupert (seven rushes for 96 yards), Jacob Castillo (27 yards on three totes), Michael Lulgjuraj (two rushes for 20 yards) and Mason Smith (19 yards on one tote) put up Almont’s top individual totals. The remaining 13 Raider totes netted a combined 31-yard gain.
Jacob Hausmann (three solos and six assists), Blake Kapron (eight assists), Isa Pape (one solo and seven assists), Abu-Joudeh (two solos and five assists), Meric Okoniewski (one solo and six assists) and Michael Rinke (one solo and five assists) furnished Almont’s highest tackle ouputs.
The Almont defense also managed one takeaway. Pape (a fumble recovery) managed that.
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.