Union hosted the Wallace-Rose Hill Bulldogs Friday night. Union was shutout by the Bulldogs, as WRH took the game by a score of 27-0.
The night started with a Union kickoff to Wallace. The first possessions by both teams ended in turnovers. By the middle of the first quarter, neither team had made much progress. The Bulldogs managed to find paydirt at the 6:07, mark followed by a successful point-after, taking the lead, 7-0, which they carried into the second quarter.
Union started out the second quarter by recovering a fumble from Wallace. Union’s recent possession was only taken away by an interception from a pass made by Dawson Thornton. The Bulldog that intercepted the pass returned it for another touchdown for Wallace followed by another PAT at 6:32, increasing their lead to 14-0. The possession was finally given back to the Spartans. They tried to make their way down the field but were blocked by the Bulldog defensive line forcing them to punt. Wallace continued there strong play by rushing for the last touchdown before the half with 1:40 left in the quarter along with scoring another PAT.
At the half, Wallace had gained a good lead on the Spartans 21-0. Union Elementary students presented a halftime show where they recited the pledge of allegiance and performed a song and dance. The next half the game would not prove to be much different from the first.
Union gained possession of the ball at the beginning of the third quarter. Chris Nash followed by Tamah Chestnutt managed to gain the Spartans 20 yards on the field. This accomplishment would be short lived as a defensive Bulldog intercepted a pass in the endzone for a touchback at the end of the third quarter. The action slowed in the fourth quarter. Nearing the end of the game Wallace managed to push down the field one last time for another touchdown giving the Bulldogs the victory over the Spartans, 27-0.
Head Coach, Douglas Burley still seemed in a lighthearted mood after the game. “Even though we didn’t get on the board none of the guys gave up and played their hardest,” he said. Burley continued to explain how they will need to put this behind them and focus on their next game.
The Spartans were led offensively by Chris Nash who rushed 90 yards on 16 carries and Nadir Goodwin with 70 on 9. Defensively, Montrel Williams managed to make 12 tackles followed by Chris Nash with 8 and Donovan Hayes with 7. The whole Spartan team would like to remember Shyquan Brunson who was injured and removed from the game by ambulance.
The Spartans will get back into some early action on Tuesday when they travel to take on the Trask Titans.