Union hosted in-county rival Hobbton on Friday night in a game that featured two teams that are each very improved from last season. However, this night belonged to the home team, as the Spartans dropped the Wildcats by a score of 35-0.
Everything seemed to be working for the Spartans, who are now 2-1 on the young season. Nadir Goodwin, Chris Nash and Shyquan Brunson continued to make big plays for UHS, just as they have throughout the first couple of games this season.
After neither team scored in the opening frame, Dawson Thornton found pay dirt in the second for UHS, and they would never look back.
The Spartan defense also came to play, as they pitched the shutout against a Hobbton offense that had surprised some people in their previous outings, putting up big numbers.
Things didn’t get any easier for the Wildcats throughout the night, especially after starting quarterback, Greg Herring went down and injured his hand. His status was uknown at press time, but his leaving the game was definitely a blow to the Wildcats.
After leading 21-0 at the halftime break, Union continued to pile it on.
Dawson Thornton continued to look comfortable under center for Union. Late in the game, he rolled out and connected with Goodwin for another Spartan touchdown. It completed a perfect 5-5 night for Thornton through the air, which included 53 total passing yards.
Brunson would score once more for the final 35-0 margin.
Union’s head coach, Doug Burley was pleased with the win, and proud of the way his team played. “We were able to make some changes that started working, and we like the way things turned out. Now we can hope for next week to bring a similar outcome.”
Chris Nash led the Spartan rushing attack with 103 yards on 11 carries. Brunson had 51 on 6 carries.
Defensively, Montrel Williams had 7 tackles with 2 sacks, Arion Murphy had 7 tackles, and Chris Murphy had 4.5 tackles and 2 sacks.
Stats were unavailable from Hobbton at press time.
Union is set to travel to Princeton next week, while Hobbton is looking to bounce back next week when they will play host to Wake Christian Academy.