ALMONT — Almont claimed a 40-0 win against host Algonac in a Blue Water Area Conference varsity football game last Thursday night.
The outcome improves Almont’s mark to 3-1 and 3-0.
“With the game being moved up one day we didn’t know what we were going to get with missing a day of preparation,” Almont Coach James Leusby said. “I am proud of how our kids handled the situation and they executed well on both sides of the ball for the most part,” he noted.
“We still have a lot of work to do but the silver lining to the schedule change is an extra day to prepare for next week.”
Almont generated their 40-point total aided by a Matthew Measel 56-yard touchdown run (followed by a successful extra point kick courtesy of Kaiden SaintOnge); a Brock Conger five-yard touchdown run (followed by an accurate extra point boot from SaintOnge); a Mason Smith 52-yard touchdown run (followed by a successful extra point kick courtesy of SaintOnge); a Conger to Measel 17-yard touchdown pass (followed by an accurate extra point boot from SaintOnge); a Smith seven-yard touchdown run; and a Caydon Nascivera one-yard touchdown run.
In Thursday’s game, Almont bolted out to a 21-0 advantage after one quarter was done and widened the gap to 28-0 at the half.
When the action resumed, Almont struck with a 12-0 third quarter to go ahead 40-0.
That was followed by a scoreless fourth quarter.
For the evening, Conger completed four of six pass plays for 85 yards as Almont’s quarterback. He threw zero interceptions en route to those numbers.
His successful tosses were distributed to three different targets. Their ranks consisted of Haden Lacavera (two catches for 41 yards), Gavin Louwsma (one reception for 27 yards) and Measel (one catch for 17 yards).
Brandon Hunsaker was the other Almont player to air out the football. His lone attempt was incomplete.
The Almont ground attack chewed up 302 yards of territory on 41 totes.
Measel (seven rushes for 134 yards) and Smith (123 yards on seven totes) supplied Almont’s best numbers. The remaining 27 Raider rushes netted a combined 45-yard gain.
Tyler Filinger (three solos and three assists) supplied Almont’s top tackle total. He was backed by Bryce Ferman (two solos and three assists), Smith (five assists) plus Trenton Kruse and Isaiah Bankston (four assists each).
The Almont defense also notched three takeaways. Ferman (a pair of fumble recoveries) and Nascivera (an interception) contributed those.
Almont returns to action this Friday when it travels to North Branch. The BWAC 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.