2017-08-27 / Sports

Raiders run over Grosse Ile

BY AUSTIN VANDAELE
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Almont’s Garrett Ruhala avoids an Algonac defender during a game last season. Ruhala had 68 yards rushing on Friday. 
File Photo Almont’s Garrett Ruhala avoids an Algonac defender during a game last season. Ruhala had 68 yards rushing on Friday. File Photo DETROIT — The Almont football team opened its 2017 campaign on a strong note thanks to a dominant 34-6 performance over Grosse Ile during the Prep Kickoff Classic at Wayne State University on Friday. Almont scored first, thanks to a 16-yard run by Jace Rinke. The extra point by Ethan Hall made the score 7-0 in favor of the Raiders. Grosse Ile struck right back, though, with a 69-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to keep the game close. The Red Devils would miss the point after, leaving the game at a 7-6 Almont lead headed into the second quarter.

In the second quarter, the Raiders amassed 20 more points to their total while holding Grosse Ile scoreless. Clay Schapman scored three touchdowns in the quarter with six-yard, 17-yard and one-yard runs to give the Raiders the hefty lead. Hall converted on two of the three extra points to put Almont ahead 27-6 at the half.

Following the break, Almont kept its foot on the gas and managed to score one more touchdown while its defense continued to contain the Red Devils’ attack, holding them scoreless for the second straight quarter. Rinke scored the Raiders’ lone touchdown in the quarter thanks to a two-yard run. The extra point from Hall extended the lead to 34-6, where it would stay for the remainder of the game.

Schapman was 1-for-2 for 24 yards through the air, but scored three touchdowns on seven carries, picking up 26 yards in the process. Logan Kosinski led the team in rushing with 108 yards on 13 attempts, recording a gamelong run of 25 yards. Rinke followed with 79 yards on nine carries and Garrett Ruhala had 68 yards on 12 carries. Defensively, Jacob Hausmann led the team with eight tackles.

“It was a ground attack all the way,” said Almont coach James Leusby.

Almont had lost its top receiver, Colby Schapman, early on in the game due to an elbow injury, forcing the Raiders to stick to the rushing game. Schapman’s status for next week is still unknown.

Almont, 1-0, will travel to Algonac Thursday at 7 p.m.

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