Finally, after many reschedulings due to weather, the Spartans got to play the Trask Titans on Tuesday evening. The game was moved to Union, and the Spartans won 38-12 in a one-sided game.
Union kicked off the game but neither team made little progress during the start of the first quarter. The Spartans started to gain more control of the game as they made their way down the field on their second possession. Chris Nash at the 7:55 mark found paydirt as he rushed the ball into the end zone. Xavy Laza added another point to the board for the Spartans with a successful PAT, giving them a 7-0 lead.
The Spartans continued their strong play in the first quarter, when Shyquan Brunson intercepted a pass thrown by the Titan quarterback. Union kept possession of the ball allowing Shyquan Brunson to also make the second touchdown for the team. Xavy Laza made another point attempt giving the Spartans a good lead, 14-0 at the end of the first quarter.
The Titans came back early in the second quarter by scoring their first touchdown, making the score 14-6, Union. Trask’s defense then intercepted a pass thrown by Union quarterback, Dawson Thornton. However, the Titans were unable to advance down the field giving possession back to the Spartans. Trask defense prevented the Spartans from reaching the end zone, but Omar Martinez was able to score a field goal in Union’s favor at the end of the second quarter. At the end of the first half, the Spartans still held onto their lead of 17-6.
Union started off the third quarter with intense play. Donovan Hayes on the kickoff ran the ball from the Titan goal line to midfield. Chris Nash then advanced the Spartans to the 35-yard line allowing Shyquan Brunson to score a touchdown at the 11:24 mark. Xavy Laza scored yet another PAT making the score 24-6.
The powerful Spartan play was quickly stopped when Trask rushed the ball for a touchdown, narrowing the score 24-12. This Titan advance rapidly disappeared as Chris Nash returned the kickoff for another Spartan touchdown followed by the fourth PAT made by Xavy Laza. The third quarter ended by a score of 38-12.
The fourth quarter saw little action. Neither team could make it down the field for another score. On the Titans last opportunity to score, Spartan Donovan Hayes intercepted ball that would give Union the victory, 38-12.
Stats were not available for Union at press time.
Union’s head coach Doug Burley was very impressed by his team. “38-12 is a good win after only having three days of rest. Both sides played real good offensively and defensively and the whole team did a real good job,” he said. He continued to stress the fact they only have two days to get ready for their next game on Friday.
The Spartans will continue their play at home on Friday. Then, they take on the Clinton Dark Horses.