CAPAC — Capac dropped a 26-18 verdict to host Memphis in a Greater Thumb Conference East varsity football battle last Friday night.

With the decision, Memphis moves to 2-2 and 2-0 Capac slips to 1-3 and 0-3.

“This was a tough loss for our kids,” Capac Coach Rob Novy said. “We came out and put together a 75-yard drive at the beginning of the game and held Memphis to 25 total yards in the first half,” he noted.

“We missed a huge opportunity to go up two scores in the second quarter when we were inside the ten. Memphis then scored the next 20 points, going up 20-6 a few minutes into the last quarter. We came back with some big plays and then got the ball back with over a minute on the clock but Memphis made some big plays to stop us.”

Despite the disappointing loss, Novy took a few positives away from the contest.

Capac’s Derek Mason (L) and Carlos Uribe-Arce (middle) try to intercept a pass play in Friday’s game.

“Derek Mason made two big touchdown catches for us,” Novy commented. “Carlos Uribe-Arce also played well with five catches, including one that went for a touchdown,” he noted.

“Our offensive line did a good job protecting our quarterback Jared Fahley. We start a sophomore (James Meadows) at center and a freshman (Max Klein) at right tackle and and they have been doing a great job all year. Our defensive line of Hunter Tyson, Jorge Navarro, Nate Gaedcke and Wyatt Hurley did a really good job stopping the option in the first half. Zach Langmesser also did a good job coming up and making tackles from the secondary.

Capac produced their 18-point output courtesy of a Fahley to Mason five-yard touchdown pass; a Fahley to Uribe-Arce 21-yard touchdown pass; and a Fahley to Mason 55-yard touchdown pass.

In Friday’s battle, Capac took a 6-0 advantage after one quarter was over with.

That was followed by a scoreless second quarter.

The third quarter saw Memphis outscore Capac 14-0, good for a 14-6 edge with 36 minutes gone.

Memphis and Capac then generated 12 points each the rest of the way, leaving the former with a 26-18 win at night’s end.

On the night, Fahley completed 10 of 21 pass plays for 171 yards as Capac’s quarterback.

His successful tosses went to three different targets. Uribe-Arce (five catches for 78 yards), Mason (three receptions for 68 yards) and Hurley (two catches for 25 yards) formed that group.

The Capac ground attack managed 37 yards on 29 totes.

Langmesser (14 rushes for 29 yards) paced Capac. The remaining 15 Chief totes netted a combined eight-yard gain.

On the opposite side of the football, Langmesser (three solos and three assists) registered Capac’s top tackle total. He was backed by Hunter Tyson and Jorge Navarro (four solos and one assist each) along with Gaedcke (two solos and two assists).

Mason (an interception) registered the lone Capac takeaway.

Fahley added a blocked extra point kick to Capac’s cause.

Capac returns to action this Friday when it hosts GTC East rival Marlette. The contest, Capac’s homecoming, is slated to get underway at 7 p.m.

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.