Zach Langmesser, of Capac, sprints away from the defense in Thursday’s matchup.

CAPAC — The Capac varsity football team saw to it that they would begin their 2021 campaign on a positive note, registering a 22-0 triumph against visiting New Haven in a non-league varsity football game last Thursday night.

“We got a wake up call in our scrimmage against Bishop Foley, East Pointe and Berkley and that prepared us for tonight,” Capac Coach Robert Novy commented. “We were terrible on our first offensive series, but then got a big hit from Wyatt Hurley on their quarterback and Hunter Tyson made a very athletic scoop and score to give us our first touchdown,” he noted.

“Carlos Uribe-Arce then made a great catch on the two-point conversion. That gave us confidence.”

It would lay the foundation for a successful night for Capac.

“Our line of Jesus Martinez-Guerrero, Nathan Gaedcke, Jorge Navarro and Hurley each made big plays for us on defense,” Novy stated. Jared Fahley had two big interceptions, Zach Langmesser was solid at the safety spot plus Aiden Uribe-Arce and Hunter Tyson put pressure on New Haven’s quarterbacks all night from their inside linebacker positions.

“Our true MVP was center James Meadows, who was flawless in gun snaps against a much bigger New Haven line.”

In Thursday’s game, Capac jumped out to an 8-0 advantage after one quarter was history.

Capac then outscored New Haven 14-0 during quarter number two, good for a 22-0 lead at the halftime break.

That was followed by a scoreless third quarter.

The final 12 minutes proved scoreless as well, leaving Capac with a 22–0 win to celebrate at night’s end.

Capac produced their winning 22-point total courtesy of a Tyson 33-yard fumble return for a touchdown (followed by a Fahley to Carlos Uribe-Arce PAT pass); a Langmesser 45-yard punt return for a touchdown; and a Fahley one-yard touchdown run (followed by a Fahley to Hurley PAT pass).

Fahley completed three of six pass plays for 54 yards as Capac’s quarterback that evening. He threw two interceptions en route to those numbers.

Myles Falzon (one for 25 yards), Carlos Uribe-Arce (one for 20) and Hurley (one for nine) hauled in Capac’s receptions.

The Capac ground attack finished with 27 yards on 20 totes.

Fahley (eight rushes for 17 yards) and Myles Falzon (13 yards on 10 totes) led Capac. The remaining two Chief rushes netted a combined three-yard loss.

Gaedcke (five solos and one assist), Tyson (five solos), Langmesser (four solos and one assist) and Carlos Uribe-Arce (three solos and two assists) paced Capac’s defense. Derek Mason and Jesus Martinez-Guerrero (four solos apiece) backed their efforts.

The Capac defense also registered seven takeaways. Fahley (two interceptions), Tyson and Mason (two recoveries each) and Hurley (a fumble recovery) furnished those.

Capac returns to action this Thursday when Greater Thumb Conference East rival Harbor Beach pays a visit. That matchup lists a 7 p.m. starting time.

Kevin Kissane

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.