IMLAY CITY — Imlay City saw to it that they would prevail, registering a 48-0 triumph against visiting Hazel Park in a non-league varsity football game last Friday night.
With the decision, Imlay City improves to 1-0 overall. Hazel Park slips to 0-1 this season.
“It was a great team win,” Imlay City Coach Dave Brown commented. “I was happy with the effort and play from the team on both sides of the ball,” he noted.
“It was awesome to see the hard work of the players and coaches pay off with a home opening win in front of a supportive crowd, We appreciate the support it was an amazing night.”
In Friday’s game, Imlay City took a 6-0 edge after one quarter was over with and increased their advantage to 20-0 at halftime.
Imlay City then outscored Hazel Park 28-0 the rest of the way, finishing off a 48-0 win.
The winning Imlay City generated their 48-point total aided by a Tanner Land eight-yard touchdown run; a Matt Evans to Travis DuPont 28-yard touchdown pass (followed by a successful extra point kick from Andrew Cezik); an Evans to DuPont 76-yard touchdown pass (followed by an accurate extra point boot courtesy of Cezik); a 15-yard touchdown run by Tanner Land; a safety by Jacob Koralewski; a 24-yard touchdown run by Travis Tramontana (followed by a successful extra point kick by Cezik); a 45-yard interception return for a touchdown by Cezik (followed by an accurate extra point boot by Cezik); and a five-yard touchdown run by Brady Redd.
For the night, Evans completed four of six pass plays for 119 yards as Imlay City’s quarterback. He threw zero interceptions along the way.
His successful tosses went to two different targets. Their ranks consisted of DuPont (three catches for 110 yards) and Redd (one reception for nine yards).
The Imlay City ground attack managed 213 yards on 35 totes.
Individually, Land (13 rushes for 71 yards) and Cezik (56 yards on eight totes) put up Imlay City’s best numbers. The remaining 14 Spartan rushes netted a combined 86-yard gain.
Kade VanderPloeg (five), Danny Newsom and Tramontana (three-and-half each) plus Koralewski (three) supplied the highest Imlay City tackle outputs.
The Imlay City defense also notched one takeaway. Cezik (an interception) furnished that.
Imlay City returns to action this Thursday when they travel to North Branch for a Blue Water Area Conference clash. 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.