The Almont Raiders played host to the Swan Valley Vikings for Saturday’s regional final contest in the Division 5 playoffs. On a sloppy playing surface, the offensive attack for Swan Valley was unable to get going after their opening scoring drive. This left them twelve points short in a 25-13 loss to Almont.
On the first drive of the game, Swan Valley struck for a big play. Avery Goldensoph took to the air and connected with Khyree Harris on a fifty yard touchdown pass. This gave the Vikings a 7-0 lead early. Almont responded on their ensuing drive however, as Jack Paupert punched it in from two yards out to tie the score at seven. On their next drive, Almont found the end zone once again. Paupert plunged in from a yard out to give the Raiders a 13-7 advantage.
After a scoreless second quarter, Almont got the ball rolling in the third quarter. Michael Lulgjuraj carried the ball five yards into the end zone for Almont’s third rushing touchdown of the afternoon. On the opening drive of the fourth quarter, the Raiders got one more touchdown. Josh Hellebuyck connected with Colby Schapman for a nine yard touchdown, pushing the lead to 25-7.
Although Swan Valley scored with just over two minutes to play, Goldensoph and Ethan Champney paired up for a fifteen yard score, it was not enough to overcome the deficit. The scoring drought for over forty minutes of game time was too unsurmountable for the Vikings. With the victory, Almont’s undefeated season continues. The Raiders will now take on Detroit Denby next week in the state semifinals. Both teams will be looking for their first trips to Ford Field for an opportunity to play for the State Championship.