ALMONT — Almont rolled past host Yale, 43-7, in a Blue Water Area varsity football meeting last Thursday night.
With the final, Almont raises their mark to 1-1 and 1-0. Yale slips to 1-1 and 0-1.
“It was a great night for high school football,” Almont Coach James Leusby said. “We had a tough game last week but our kids really bounced back,” he noted.
“We executed the defensive game plan very well and got back to running the ball effectively on offense. I am proud of the way we played tonight but we know there is a lot of work ahead of us.”
In Thursday’s meeting, Almont bolted out to a 14-0 advantage after one quarter was over with.
Quarter two saw Almont accumulate 29 points and Yale collect seven, leaving them up 43-7 at the half.
That was followed by a scoreless third quarter.
Quarter four would prove scoreless as well, giving Almont a 43-7 win to celebrate at night’s end.
Almont amassed their 43-point total aided by a Brock Conger one-yard touchdown run (followed by a successful extra point kick courtesy of Kaiden St. Onge); a 21-yard touchdown pass from Conger to Haden Lacavera (followed by an accurate extra point boot from St. Onge); a Matthew Measel 23-yard touchdown run (followed by a successful extra point kick courtesy of St. Onge); a Blake Bunch 66-yard touchdown run; a Bunch safety; a Mason Smith three-yard touchdown run (followed by an accurate extra point boot from St. Onge); and a Smith two-yard touchdown run (followed by a successful extra point kick courtesy of St. Onge).
On the night, Conger finished one of one passing as Almont’s quarterback.
Lacavera had the lone Almont reception.
Cole Walton was the other Almont player who opted to air out the football. His only attempt went for an incompletion.
The Almont ground attack chewed up 277 yards on 32 totes.
Bunch (seven rushes for 95 yards), Measel (85 yards on seven totes) and Smith (10 rushes for 74 yards) proved Almont’s most productive ballcarriers. The remaining eight Raider totes netted a combined 23-yard gain.
Jake Rinke (four solos and three assists) paced Almont’s defense. Ayden Ferqueron (two solos and three assists) backed his effort.
Almont returns to action this Friday when it entertains Blue Water Area Conference rival Imlay City. 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.