Almont’s Matthew Measel looks to break loose from a Cros-Lex defender during Friday’s game.

ALMONT — The Almont varsity football team fell behind 27-0 at the half, leading to a 41-7 loss to Cros-Lex in their homecoming game last Friday night.

With the outcome, Cros-Lex improves to 5-1 and 4-1. Almont slips to 3-3 and 3-2.

“Cros-Lex is clearly a very talented team,” Almont Coach James Leusby commented. “They played well in all phases of the game and they were just too much for us to handle,” he noted.

“We had a great homecoming crowd with a lot of support from our community and our kids are very appreciative of that. We just have to get healthy and get back to work for another tough opponent next week.”

In Friday’s game, Almont spotted Cros-Lex a 7-0 edge after one quarter was over with.

Cros-Lex then amassed 20 points and Almont managed none during quarter two, good for a 27-0 lead at the half.

The third quarter saw Cros-Lex collect seven points as did Almont. That left them holding a 34-7 cushion with 36 minutes gone.

Cros-Lex then outscored Almont 7-0 from that point on, earning a 41-7 win.

Almont generated their seven-point output aided by a Brock Conger to Matthew Measel 40-yard touchdown pass (followed by an accurate extra point boot from Kaiden SaintOnge).

For the night, Conger completed seven of 17 pass plays for 94 yards as Almont’s quarterback. He threw two interceptions along the way.

His successful tosses went to four different targets. Measel (four catches for 59 yards), Mason Smith and C. Nascivera (one catch for 17 yards each) plus Haden Lacavera (one reception for one yard) formed that group.

The Almont ground attack wound up with 80 yards on 34 totes.

Blake Bunch (13 rushes for 74 yards) put up Almont’s best numbers. The remaining 21 Raider rushes netted a combined six-yard gain.

Ayden Ferqueron (five solos and four assists), Brandon Hunsaker (five solos and two assists) and Mason Smith (four solos and two assists) supplied Almont’s highest tackle outputs.

The Almont defense also registered one takeaway. Ferqueron (an interception) furnished that.

Almont will look to return to the win column when it hosts Armada this Friday. The BWAC battle 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.