Both teams played hard, but the junior varsity Leopards took the win away from the Spartans with a 14-6 score in their delayed season-opener held at Union on Monday.
Lakewood scored first when Dillion Kinlock ran in from 8 yards with 8:30 left on the clock in the second quarter. The kick failed.
Union then scored at 6:51 in the third with a 7 yard rush.
The Leopards managed to seal the win with only 19 seconds left on the clock when Kinlock ran the ball in from 1 yard. Zack Tanner ran in for the 2 point conversion.
Spartan stats were not available, but Lakewood’s Bill Faircloth credited Kinlock with 23 rushes for 125 yards; Nyguan Murphy with 7 for 44; Travon Wilson, 7-21; and Zach Tanner, 6-41.
Leopard quarterback Tanner attempted 7 passes, completing 4 for 68 yards. Catching those pases was Dylan Murphy, 1-19; Murphy, 1-2; and Spencer Ray, 2-47.
On Leopard defense, Ethan Blackwell had 9 tackles and 1 blocked pass; Ty Horne, 6 tackles; Tanner, 1 tackle and 2 interceptions; and Jody Commander, 3 tackles and 1 sack.
Spartan Coach Josh Rackley was optimistic about the upcoming season for his young team.
“I’m proud of our offense and defense. We looked good in every aspect of the game. We have some things we need to tweet, and luckily, we have practice following game day, so things will be fresh in their minds,” he said.
Continuing, Coach Rackley named names and pointed out how good the Spartans performed. “My quarterback, Dawson Thornton played well tonight, and so did all of my running backs. Shawn Daily, Nadir Goodwin, and Jawan Newkirk all ran the ball great. My offensive line played well, and the defense ran downhill to the ball carrier all night long,” he stated.
“They scored with about 20 seconds left, and we didn’t have enough time to get anything going after that. I’m happy though, and really proud of our guys. I think now I know a lot about this team and they are slowly leaning how to play together,” Coach Rackley asserted.