2017-09-13 / Sports

Spartans start winning streak

By Ashleigh Jaquess


Eason Waters racked up a total of 159 yards for the Spartans last week. Eason Waters racked up a total of 159 yards for the Spartans last week. Coming off a huge win against Westminster, the Edmund Burke Academy Spartans were hoping to make it two in a row when facing Robert Toombs Christian Academy last week, and they did just that – they defeated the RTCA Crusaders 32-27 in a nail-biting matchup.

Edmund Burke opted to kick off to the Crusaders to start the game. The Spartans then gained 2 safeties within the first few plays of the game to put the first 4 points on the board. They finished out the quarter with a score of 11-0. The Crusaders fought back, scoring a touchdown and making the score 25-6 at the half. After the half, the Crusaders scored another 21 points but the Spartans pursued, leading them to their second consecutive win.

“I am extremely proud of all of the players this week. Robert Toombs is a very athletic team that already has two or three D1 athletes. I am exceptionally proud of our offensive and defensive line. Our line is most of the strength on our team, and they never get enough credit,” commented head coach Aaron Phillips. “We controlled the line of scrimmage very well and had over 300 yards rushing; the team owes that all to our linemen who are the work horses of both the Spartan offense and defense.”

UP NEXT:

The Spartans will travel to Sandersville for next week’s game against the Eagles of Brentwood School. Phillips said that they are one of the best coached teams EBA will play this year. Long time coach Burk Brown has more than 100 wins with the Eagles. The Spartans will have to continue to execute and clean up their game in order to compete this week. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 15.

BY THE NUMBERS:

The Spartans had a total of 490 yards, while the Crusaders had 242. Edmund Burke had 6 penalties for 40 yards and RTCA had 5 penalties for 55 yards.

Offensively, the Spartans were lead by Trent Harris, who had 16 carries for 157 yards and 1 touchdown; Eason Waters, 14 carries for 137 yards and 1 touchdown; Tyson Post, 16 carries for 105 yards; and Collier Smith, 14 carries for 137 yards and 2 touchdowns. Waters completed 2 of 5 passes for 22 yards, with Post and Parker Thompson completing 1 reception each for 15 and 7 yards, respectively. Sophomore Blake Harrison was also 4-4 on PATs this week against the Crusaders.

On defense, Joey Wall led the team with 6 solo tackles, 2 assists, 1 safety and 1 sack. Ashley Clark also had 5 solos, 2 assists and 1 sack; Gatlin Jenkins, 5 solos and 2 assists and Collier Smith, 4 solos, 2 assists and a fumble recovery.

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