ALMONT — Almont concluded the Blue Water Area Conference portion of their schedule with a35-14 win against visiting Yale last Friday night.
With the decision, Almont improves to 6-2 and 4-2. Yale slips to 4-4 and 2-4.
“We had a bit of a slow start but we were able to find our footing,” Almont Coach James Leusby commented. “Yale is big and physical so it was a challenge to match their physicality but our guys got the job done.”
“This was a good win that will help position us for the postseason.”
In Friday’s contest, Almont took a 7-0 advantage after one quarter was over with.
Almont followed it up with a 7-0 second quarter edge and a 7-0 third quarter advantage, increasing their cushion to 21-0.
Both sides then struck for 14 points the rest of the way, leaving Almont up 35-14 at night’s end.
Almont produced their winning 35-point total aided by a Trenton Kruse to Cole Walton 56-yard touchdown pass (followed by an accurate extra point boot from Sean O’Neil); a Bryce Ferman 27-yard touchdown run (followed by a successful extra point kick courtesy of O’Neil); a Ferman 96-yard touchdown run (followed by an accurate extra point boot from O’Neil); a Ferman 54-yard touchdown run (followed by a successful extra point kick courtesy of O’Neil); and a Matthew Measel nine-yard touchdown run (followed by an accurate extra point boot from O’Neil).
For the evening, Kruse completed three of seven pass plays for 75 yards as Almont’s quarterback. He threw zero interceptions along the way.
His successful tosses went to two different targets. Their ranks consisted of Walton (two catches for 66 yards) and Connor Nascivera (one reception for nine yards).
The Almont ground attack chewed up 374 yards of territory on 42 totes.
Ferman (15 rushes for 251 yards), Chase Battani (72 yards on 13 totes) and Measel (11 rushes for 45 yards) proved Almont’s toughest players to stop. The remaining three Raider rushes netted a combined six-yard gain.
Ayden Ferqueron (three solos and 14 assists) and Tyler Filinger (two solos and five assists) notched Almont’s best tackle outputs. Carson Wood (four solos and two assists) plus Caydon Nascivera and Ferman (one solo and five assists each) supported their performances.
Measel (an interception) added the lone Almont takeaway that evening.
Almont closes out their regular season this Friday with a road trip to Goodrich. That matchup lists 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.