Union hosted the 2-2 Knights of West Bladen for homecoming in a game that they were out of early, fought back late, and lost another heartbreaker in the end.
Union trailed 21-7 at halftime, when Union’s Homecoming Queen for 2013 was announced. This year, the honor went to Taylor Malpass.
Union came out hungry in the third quarter. They used two Dezmond Faison runs of 57 and 41 yards for touchdowns, and a 50 yard pass from Ryan Hall to Shyquan Brunson to tie the game at 28 in the 4th quarter.
How did Union fight back? Effort. They never gave up in the game. The play of the game was in the 4th quarter when West Bladen’s quarterback Colby Lewis was racing down the sideline for a touchdown, when out of nowhere, Hagan Thornton swatted the ball out of his hands, then recovered it in the end zone. Union would tie the game at 28 on the ensuing possession.
On the next possession for the Knights, Lewis didn’t fumble. He scored on a 8 yard rush to give the Knights the 35-28 lead.
You can probably guess how Union got their next 6 points. That’s right, Dezmond Faison scored from 63 yards out to cut the lead to 1. Union went for 2 to take the lead but they were not successful.
Union then allowed West Bladen to score a touchdown so they could have enough time to get the ball back after the Knights had marched down the field. The Spartans blocked the PAT, so it was just a 7 point game at 41-34 with 37 seconds left.
Union got the ball back, but weren’t able to score, and lost a heartbreaker for a second consecutive week.
Coach Doug Burley said he was proud of the way his team fought and he loved their effort. He told his team to use the negative energy they felt after the loss in their game next week.
Union travels to Trask next Friday evening. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m. The Spartans fall to 1-4 on the season.