ALMONT — Host Almont saw it they would prevail, earning a 14-7 victory over previously unbeaten Armada (listed tied for 10th with Kingsford among Division 5 squads statewide according to the Associated Press) in a Blue Water Area Conference varsity football encounter last Friday night.
With the decision, Almont goes to 4-3 and 4-2. Armada slips to 6-1 and 5-1.
“Tonight was as physical a football game as we have been in all season,” Almont Coach James Leusby commented. “It feels great to get back on the winning side after two tough weeks.” he noted.
“We really had to dig down deep to win this one against an undefeated team with a lot of momentum behind them. I am so proud of our kids for battling through a tough game. As usual, we had a great crowd and they helped carry us through this game.”
In Friday’s encounter, Almont took a 7-0 edge after one quarter is over with.
The next 12-minute stretch saw Almont collect seven points and Armada manage none, staking them to a 14-0 cushion at the half.
That was followed by a scoreless third quarter.
Armada then outscored Almont 7-0 from that point on, holding on for a 14-7 victory.
The winning Almont side produced their 14-point total aided by a Matthew Measel four-yard touchdown run (followed by a successful extra point kick courtesy of Kaiden SaintOnge); and a Mason Smith 17-yard touchdown run (followed by an accurate extra point boot from SaintOnge).
For the night, Brock Conger connected on five of six pass plays for 32 yards as Almont’s quarterback. He threw zero interceptions along the way.
His completions went to two different targets. Measel (four catches for 22 yards) and Haden Lacavera (one reception for 10 yards) formed that group.
The Almont ground attack chewed up 179 yards of territory on 38 totes.
Measel (10 totes for 77 yards) and Smith (13 rushes for 62 yards) provided Almont’s top rushing outputs. The remaining 15 Raider rushes netted a combined 40-yard gain.
Brandon Hunsaker (seven solos and nine assists) and Ayden Ferqueron (three solos and 12 assists), supplied Almont’s highest tackle totals. Tyler Filinger (eight assists), Jacob Fuller (seven assists), Smith (three solos and three assists) and Antonio Nedelkovski (six assists) backed his effort.
Almont will look to make it back to back wins this Friday when they travel to Richmond. The contest, the BWAC finale for both squads, list 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.