Almont remains undefeated, with win over Richmond, 42-7
ALMONT — Almont’s varsity football kept their perfect record intact, registering a 42-7 road triumph against Blue Water Area Conference foe Richmond last Friday night.
With the decision, Almont goes to 7-0 and 6-0. Richmond slips to 4-3and 3-3.
“I am so happy for this group of young men,” Almont Coach James Leusby commented. “With tonight’s win we were able to lock up at least a share of the BWAC title,” he noted.
In Friday’s matchup, Almont bolted out to a 20-0 advantage after one quarter was done and widened the gap to 35-0 by halftime.
When the action resumed, Almont picked up where it left off. Aided by a 7-0 third quarter advantage, the Raiders increased their cushion to 42-0 with 36 minutes gone.
Richmond then put together a 7-0 fourth quarter rally, only to drop a 42-7 outcome at night’s end.
Almont produced their winning 42-point total aided by a Matthew Bacholzky 30-yard touchdown run (followed by a successful extra point kick courtesy of Sean O’Neil); a Chase Battani 58-yard touchdown run (followed by an accurate extra point boot from O’Neil; a Battani 80-yard touchdown run; a Chase Davedowski 20-yard touchdown run (followed by a PAT tote by Battani); a Battani one-yard touchdown run (followed by successful extra point kick courtesy of O’Neil); and a Bacholzky 78-yard touchdown run (followed by an accurate extra point boot from O’Neil).
For the evening, Davedowski went zero for two as Almont’s quarterback. He threw no interceptions along the way.
The Almont ground attack chewed up 403 yards of territory on 34 totes.
Individually, Battani (11 rushes for 215 yards) and Bacholzky (115 yards on eight totes) headlined for Almont. The remaining 15 Raider rushes netted a combined 73-yard gain.
Ayden Ferqueron (one solo and five assists) paced Almont’s defense. He was backed by Cohen Ferqueron (one solo and three assists) and Brent Corneau (four assists).
Almont will look to continue their winning ways this Saturday when they travel to Yale. The Blue Water Area Conference clash 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.