2012-10-24 / Sports

HOMECOMING HEARTBREAK

Spartans fall 16-12 to Memorial Day School
By Tres Bragg


Hagen Wade, above, stiff arms a defender to pick up extra yardage for the Spartans. Dakota Garber, at right, picks up a 22-yard run against the Matadors. Hagen Wade, above, stiff arms a defender to pick up extra yardage for the Spartans. Dakota Garber, at right, picks up a 22-yard run against the Matadors. The Spartans were held to their lowest rushing yardage of the season and fell by four points to Memorial Day School on Homecoming night.

What many people thought would be an offensive battle, turned out to be anything but. The Spartans and Matadors met on the gridiron last Friday night in a crucial region matchup that ended with Memorial on top. Despite the capability of both teams to put up big numbers on the scoreboard, neither was able to find the end zone the entire first half.

Edmund Burke’s defense, which has been shaky all season, found some new life last Friday night. Coming in to the game, Memorial’s offense was averaging over 38 points per game. The Spartans were able to hold them scoreless the first two quarters and didn’t give up a touchdown until midway through the fourth quarter. However, the Matador defense was just as impressive.

Memorial held the Spartan offense to just 115 yards on the ground, well below the season average, and 99 yards in the air. Spartan quarterback Lane Christian was able to sneak into the end zone from 3 yards out late in the third quarter. However, the Matadors responded with two touchdowns of their own in the fourth. Christian connected with Dakota Garber in the air with only seconds left in the game for Edmund Burke’s second touchdown. But an unsuccessful onside kick by the Spartans secured Memorial the victory.

The Spartans moved to 4-3 for the season and 1-1 in region play after the loss. They are currently tied with Memorial and Brentwood, who also each have one region loss. The Bethesda Blazers have lost all three of their region games and are currently last in the region standings. Trinity is the only Class- 2AA school without a region loss so far this season. However, Trinity still has two region games left against Bethesda and Edmund Burke.

The Spartans will face Brentwood Academy this Friday at home. The loser will fall to fourth in the region, while the winner will still have a chance at the region title.

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