2005-09-07 / Sports

Spartans lose to Tattnall Square powerhouse

Prepare to face off with defending state champions this Friday
By Jami Hargrove True Citizen Correspondent

STAFF PHOTO BY ARIANA YOUMANS Chad Smith manhandles a Trojan defender during Friday night’s game.     STAFF PHOTO BY ARIANA YOUMANS Chad Smith manhandles a Trojan defender during Friday night’s game. Edmund Burke Academy (03) lost to the Tattnall Square Academy Trojans, 27-0, last Friday night (Sept. 2). However, the Spartans played their absolute hardest and fought to the very end.

“It was just amazing how hard our kids played tonight, and this is the proudest that I have ever been of a football team that I’ve coached,” said head coach Beau Johnson. “I know that’s hard for someone to say when their record is 0-3, but I am unbelievably proud of our team.”

The Trojans scored in the first quarter and kicked for the extra point to start the game off with a 7-0 lead. Tattnall scored twice in the second quarter and kicked both times for the extra point, upping the score 21-0.

Mark McClain had a 23-yard breakaway, and the Spartans came close to scoring in the last 16 seconds of the half. The team was 4-yards from the goal line, but an incomplete pass thrown by freshman quarterback Jeremy Hayes ended the play.

“The men played as hard as we could have ever asked them to play. We were up against a class act. Tattnall is what every school in the GISA strives to be,” said assistant coach Zack Rackett. “Our kids have a lot to be proud of. You’re never happy with a loss, but we left that field with our heads held high.”

In the third quarter, Tattnall scored an 80-yard touchdown, but their extra point kick was no good for a score of 27-0.

The Spartans held the score at 27-0 throughout the fourth quarter and prevented the Trojans from scoring again.

Edmund Burke had a total of nine first downs, 47 rushes for 244 yards and 14 passing yards.

Johnson said that to have run 244 yards on one the best teams ever to play GISA football is an honor to Edmund Burke.

Individually, Chad Smith had 22 rushes for 112 yards; Rett Daniel had 11 rushes for 60 yards; and Mark McClain had 5 rushes for 45 yards.

Bobby Collins had 14 receiving yards.

“Tonight was just one of those games where we knew coming in that we were outmatched. We just played as hard as we could. We were without senior tailback, John Paul Cates, and we started two or three freshmen that haven’t gotten to play a lot,” Johnson said.

This Friday night, the Spartans head to Dublin to battle Trinity Christian Academy, the defending state champions, at 7:30 p.m.

“The schedule doesn’t get any easier, and I don’t know how many games we will win, but our kids are going to come out every Friday night ready to play. We’re just going to go to Dublin next week and play some smash-mouth football and a little better defense and hope to come out with a win,” Johnson said.

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