Almont overcomes a 12-0 halftime deficit


ALMONT — The Almont varsity football team battled their way from a 12-0 halftime deficit, pulling out a 13-12 victory over visiting Armada in Blue Water Area Conference action last Friday night.

With the outcome, Almont moves to 5-0 and 4-0. Armada falls to 2-3 and 1-3.

Almont’s Brent Corneau makes a diving tackle during his team’s BWAC clash against Armada this past week.

“I am glad we were able to pull this one out tonight,” Almont Coach James Leusby commented. “The victory will definitely make homecoming more enjoyable for our students,” he noted.

“I could not be prouder of the player’s determination and effort tonight, they definitely left it all out on the field. Our staff made some good adjustments at half time and were able to flip the momentum and score. We will now try to get a few guys healthy over the weekend and get to work preparing for another classic BWAC battle.”

In Friday’s matchup, Almont spotted Armada a 6-0 edge after one quarter was done and trailed 12-0 at the half.

When the action resumed, Almont started to mount a comeback bid. Aided by a 7-0 third quarter edge, the Raiders closed the gap to 12-7 with 36 minutes elapsed.

Almont then outscored Armada 6-0 the rest of the way, pulling out a 13-12 victory.

The winning Almont side generated their 13-point total aided by an Ayden Ferqueron two-yard touchdown run (followed by a successful extra point kick courtesy of Sean O’Neil) and a Chase Davedowski to Luke Winkler 64-yard touchdown pass.

For the night, Davedowski completed four of seven pass plays for 92 yards as Almont’s quarterback. He threw one interception along the way.

His successful tosses went to two different targets. Their ranks consisted of Winkler (three catches for 87 yards) and Jacob Stewart (one reception for five yards).

The Almont ground attack added 267 yards on 42 totes.

Stewart (11 rushes 123 yards), Ayden Ferqueron (nine rushes for 59 yards) and Jacob Fuller (six rushes for 48 yards) proved Almont’s toughest players to stop. The remaining 16 Raider rushes netted a combined 37-yard gain.

Aiden Ferqueron (three solos and five assists), Matthew Bacholzky (four solos and three assists) and Chase Battani (one solo and six assists) paced Almont’s defense. They were backed by Cohen Ferqueron (one solo and five assists) and Brent Corneau (one solo and four assists).

The Almont defense also registered one takeaway. Winkler (an interception) accounted for that.

Almont returns to action this Friday when it entertains Cros-Lex. The Blue Water Area Conference clash is slated to get underway 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.