Julian Rojas, of Imlay City, looks to avoid an Armada tackle in Friday’s game.

IMLAY  CITY — The Imlay City varsity football team wound up on the losing side of a 43-0 outcome to host Armada in a Blue Water Area Conference varsity football game last Friday night.

With the decision, Armada goes to 6-0 and 5-0. Imlay City slips to 1-5 and 1-4.

“We played tough defense in the first half but were unable to get a push up front on offense,” Imlay City Coach Brian Tresnak commented. “We need to put more work this week on basic technique like pad level and firing out instead of letting the contact come to us,” he noted.

In Friday’s game, Imlay City and Armada ended the initial quarter with zero points apiece.

The next quarter saw Armada collect 14 points and Imlay City manage none.

When the action resumed, Armada picked up where it left off. Aided by a 22-0 third quarter advantage, the Tigers increased their cushion to 36-0.

Armada then outscored Imlay City 7-0 the rest of the way, closing out a 43-0 win.

For the night, Jacob Burgess completed four of 10 pass plays for 70 yards as Imlay City’s quarterback. He threw two interceptions along the way.

His successful tosses went to three different targets. Their ranks consisted of Julian Rojas (two catches for 54 yards), Brady Vanderploeg (one reception for 12 yards) and Kade Vanderploeg (one catch for four yards).

The Imlay City ground attack managed 51 yards on 25 totes.

Lance Wolford (two rushes for 23 yards) and Aaron Evely (16 yards on seven totes) supplied Imlay City’s top rushing totals. The remaining 16 Spartan rushes netted a combined 12-yard gain.

Wolford (seven solos and 11 assists), Travis Dupont (one solo and nine assists) and Brady Vanderploeg (10 assists) put up Imlay City’s highest tackle outputs. They were backed by Xander Nolin (two solos and seven assists) and Dillan Landerschier (one solo and seven assists).

Imlay City will look to bounce back this Friday when it travels to Yale for a Blue Water Area Conference clash. 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.