ALMONT — Almont bested host Algonac, 49-0, in a Blue Water Area Conference varsity football confrontation last Wednesday night.
With the outcome, Almont raises its mark to 2-0 and 1-0. Algonac slips to 1-1 and 0-1.
“It is always nice to start conference play with a win,” Almont Coach James Leusby commented. “That is especially true after quick turnaround from game one,” he noted.
“The BWAC is loaded with a lot of really good teams this year. We will definitely have to continue putting in the work for every week is going to be a battle.”
In Wednesday’s confrontation, Almont took a 7-0 edge after one quarter had ended.
The middle two quarters saw Almont generate 35 points and Algonac manage none, leaving them up 42-0 with 36 minutes gone.
Almont then outscored Algonac 7-0 from that point on, finishing off a 49-0 win.
The triumphant Almont side produced their 49-point total thanks to a Luke Winkler 36-yard touchdown run (followed by an accurate extra point boot from Sean O’Neil); a Chase Davedowski to Cole Walton 30-yard touchdown pass (followed by a successful extra point kick by O’Neil); a Davedowski to Chase Battani 44-yard touchdown pass (followed by an accurate extra point boot from O’Neil); a Battani five-yard touchdown run (followed by successful extra point kick by O’Neil); a Davedowski to Nolan Maxlow five-yard touchdown pass (followed by an accurate extra point boot O’Neil); a Battani six-yard touchdown run (followed by an accurate extra point boot from O’Neil); and a 65-yard touchdown run by Jacob Stewart (followed by a successful extra point kick by O’Neil).
For the night, Davedowski completed six of seven pass plays for 129 yards as Almont’s quarterback. He threw zero interceptions en route to those numbers.
His successful tosses were distributed to four different targets. Their ranks consisted of Walton (two catches for 68 yards), Battani (two receptions for 51 yards), Maxlow (one catch for five yards) and Jacob Fuller (one reception for four yards).
The Almont ground attack wound up with 247 yards on 25 totes.
Stewart (four rushes for 132 yards) and Battani (53 yards on nine totes) notched Almont’s top outputs. The remaining 12 Raider rushes netted a combined 62-yard gain.
Cohen Ferqueron (three solos and six assists), Ayden Ferqueron and Battani (three solos and four assists) provided Almont’s highest tackle totals. Aiden .Oliphant (two solos and three assists), Winkler (one solo and three assists) Matthew Bacholzky (two solos and one assist apiece) plus Lucas Mantini (three assists) supported their performances.
The Almont defense also registered one takeaway that evening. Brent Corneau (a fumble recovery) furnished that.
Almont will look to continue their winning ways this Friday when it entertains Blue Water Area Conference rival Imlay City. That contest 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.