David Johnson Sports Writer
September 14, 2013
The Hobbton Wildcats and the Union Spartans tangled on the football field Thursday night with the Spartans coming out on top with a 42-7 victory. The score at the half was 7-6, Hobbton.
Wildcat coach Jeff Byrd commented after the game, “It was a tale of two halves. In the first half, I thought we controlled the game. We moved it. After that little break (a lightening alert), I don’t know if they went in and adjusted to it. They beat us up front in the second half on offense. We missed a lot of blocks. You can’t start inside your 10-yard line every time either. In 5 kick-offs we fumbled every one and started inside the 10. We don’t have the type of team that can drive it that far.”
“On defense, I thought we played good. I think we got tired and the young, inexperience came in. I saw some bright spots. I think we have gotten better at some positions but we have a long ways to go,” Coach Byrd continued.
Union coach Doug Burley said, “It was a tough one. They came out well coached and prepared to begin with. We had to make some adjustments. Thanks to that lightening strike we went inside and chewed them out a little bit. They came out ready to play.”
The Spartans got on the board first on a 50 yard run by Desmond Faison early in the game. The point after failed on a run attempt. The Spartans had a 6-0 lead.
The Wildcats turned the ball around and drove 80 yards to score with 6:37 left in the first quarter. With the extra point, the Wildcats had a 7-6 lead which they held until the half. There was a 30 minute lightening delay at the end of the first quarter. Late in the first quarter, the Wildcat defense stopped Union at the 7-yard line on fourth down.
Hobbton had first chance after the half time break. However, they couldn’t do much with the ball and wound up kicking.
Johnnie Knowles got off a long punt, right into the hands of Spartan Shyquan Brunson who weaved his way back and forth across the field returning it 64 yards for a score. Faison ran the extra point attempt to give the Spartans a 14-7 lead.
From there it was all Union. Terrance Parker scored on a 22-yard run with 3:51 left in the third period. The point after kick was wide leaving the score at 20-7.
With 2:07 left it the third, Faison scored on a 39-yard run. With the extra point run, the Spartans had a 28-7 lead.
Early in the fourth quarter, Hagan Thornton scored on a 12-yard run. Isaias Campos kicked the point after for a 35-7 lead.
With 3 minutes left in the game, Brunson scored again on a 45-yard scamper for the final, 42-7.
Marque Surles had 92 yards and one touchdown for the Wildcats.
For the Spartans, Faison led the rushing with 172 yards on 17 attempts. On defense, George Hernandez had 9 tackles, Dustin Alphin had 8, Cory Smith and Dawan Carr each had 7 tackles and Hagan Thornton had 6 tackles.
Next week the Wildcats, 0-3, host Wake Christian Academy. The Spartans travel to Princeton. The Spartans are 1-2 on the season.