CAPAC — Capac gave fifth-ranked Deckerville all they could handle for all but a few minutes of the contest, only to drop a 40-28 verdict to visiting Deckerville in a North Central Thumb League Stars Division varsity football 8-Man football battle last Wednesday night.

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

“Our kids stood toe to toe with the fifth-ranked team in the state into the fourth quarter,” Capac Coach Rob Novy observed. “We made some mistakes in the second half and it cost us,” he noted.

“We have to learn how to handle adversity and fight through the bad breaks. Congrats to Deckerville on a well earned victory. We got some great play from Derek Mason, Adam Kramer, James Meadows, Matt Lee, Aden Uribe-Arce and Blake Phillips. Our quarterback Carlos Uribe-Arce showed great leadership and made plays all night.”

In Wednesday’s battle, Capac and Deckerville ended the initial quarter with eight points each.

Matt Lee, of Capac, carries the ball during a contest last Wednesday with Deckerville.

Quarter two saw Capac generate eight points and Deckerville none, putting them up 16-8 at the half.

When the action resumed, Deckerville bounced back with a 14-6 third quarter edge. That made it 22-22 with 36 minutes gone.

Deckerville then outscored Capac 18-6 from that point on to pull out a 40-28 victory.

Capac produced their 28-point total aided by a Lee seven-yard touchdown run (followed by a Carlos Uribe-Arce to Derek Mason pass collaboration); a Carlos Uribe-Arce six-yard touchdown run (followed by a Carlos Uribe-Arce PAT tote; a Carlos Uribe-Arce 44-yard touchdown run; and a Carlos Uribe-Arce one-yard touchdown run.

For the night, Carlos Uribe-Arce completed four of 10 pass plays for 66 yards as Capac’s quarterback.

His successful throws were distributed to four different targets. Their ranks consisted of Lee (one catch for 40 yards), Mason (one reception for 16 yards), Zach Langmesser (one catch for nine yards) and Wyatt Hurley (one reception for one yard).

The Capac ground attack added 172 yards on 23 totes.

Aden Uribe-Arce (four rushes for 60 yards), Lee (54 yards on nine totes) and Carlos Uribe-Arce (six rushes for 51 yards) proved Capac’s toughest ballcarriers to stop. The remaining four Chiefs totes netted a combined seven-yard gain.

Mason (eight solos and one assist), Lee (five solos and four assists) and Kramer (seven solos and one assist) supplied Capac’s top tackle outputs. They were backed by Aden Uribe-Arce and Phillips (six solos and two assists each), Carlos Uribe-Arce (five solos and one assist) and Brian Canelo (three solos and two assists).

Capac will look to bounce back this Friday when it hosts Atherton. The contest, Capac’s homecoming game, begins 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.