The Spartans made the 40-minute trip to Wallace Legion Stadium on a rare Thursday night game due to Hurricane Matthew projected to hit the area on Friday. The Spartans were upset by Trask earlier in the week and were looking to get back on a winning track while facing Wallace-Rose Hill who were undefeated thus far this season. In the misting rain, which caused the ball to be somewhat slippery the Bulldogs were in top form, smashing the Spartans 45-0.
Wallace-Rose Hill received the opening kickoff and began play on the own 30 yard line. They would put together a 70 yard drive capped off by a four yard touchdown run by Desmond Newkirk with 6:29 remaining in the first quarter of play. Yahir Cano would kick a successful field goal putting the Bulldogs up 7-0.
The Union offense couldn’t move the football and were forced to punt the pigskin. Four plays later Xavier Smith would scamper 46 yards for the Bulldogs touchdown with 3:20 remaining in the first quarter. Cano’s kick would good giving Wallace-Rose Hill a 14-0 lead.
The Bulldogs defense stopped the Spartans again on a four and out which forced them to punt away the football. Daylen West would field the punt a run 67 yards down the left side of the field for the score. The kick by Cano was good putting the Dogs up 21-0 with 9:52 remaining in the first half.
On the next series of play Wallace-Rose Hill put together a 67 yard drive in six plays capped off by a pass from quarterback Aliza Carr to Sumarayon Smith with 6:05 left in the first half. The kick by Cano was once again good putting the Bulldogs in a comfortable position, 28-0 at the half.
The Spartans received the kickoff to open the second half but on the second play from scrimmage they coughed up the football and Jalyn Pollock picked it up and raced to the end zone for the score. Cano’s kick was good giving increasing the lead to 35-0.
Union would turn the ball over again on their next possession and was recovered by Patrick Farrior. Three plays later Carter found a wide open JaVonte Williams for a 25 yard reception. The kick was good by Cano extending the Bulldogs lead to 42-0 with 10:07 remaining in the third quarter.
Later in the quarter the Spartans was backed up deep in their own territory and Dalton Young was forced to punt from the end zone. The snap rolled on the ground and Young was tackled in the end zone for a safety which put two more points on the board for Wallace-Rose Hill giving them a 45-0 lead.
The Spartans defense would catch a break in the fourth quarter on a Wallace-Rose Hill fumble and the Spartans recovered the ball, but were unable to move the ball as the game the game ended.
Following the game at midfield both team’s gathered in unity and discussed how both teams were a community. The players and coach’s gave prayer request and Coach Joey Price led the prayer.
Coach Doug Burley was happy with the way his team battled and didn’t give up. “We knew coming in here it was going to be a tough game and that Wallace-Rose Hill was a good team,” said Burley.
It doesn’t get any easier as the Spartans travel to Clinton next Friday to take on the undefeated Dark Horses. The loss gives the Spartans a 5-2 overall record and a 1-2 record in the Four County Conference.
The Bulldogs record improves to 7-0 overall and 3-0 in conference play. The will travel to Spivey’s Corner on Friday night to take on the Midway Raiders.
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