The Union Spartans were on of the five county teams to participate in the annual Pigskin Jamboree on Friday night. The Jamboree was held at UHS, on the Spartan home-field.
Union started off very sluggish, but began to play better as the night went on. In the opening session, the Hobbton Wildcat offense took on the Spartan defense. The Wildcats were able to find the endzone once against Union in the opening session.
In the second session, the Union offense took the field against Midway, and was held scoreless. Lakewood then scored on the Spartans once in the next session, and in their final session before the intermission, Union was unable to score against Clinton.
Union picked up the pace after their halftime break. They scored twice against the Hobbton defense, then allowed Midway to score once against their defense. Union then did not score against Lakewood, and allowed a very talented and fast Clinton team to score three times in their final session.
Union’s head coach, Doug Burley was pleased with the way his team competed in the second half of the exhibitions. “We played fine after that halftime break. We have a lot of guys that are going to have to play on both sides of the ball this year, so stamina is going to be a key for us, meaning we need to get into better shape,” said Burely.
Union has lost many key players from their past two seasons. This means the Spartans are going to be a young and inexperienced bunch. “I thought our young guys played well tonight, and we’ll need them to,” said Burley. “We may very well have to end up bringing up quite a few freshmen to play on the varsity squad.”
Union is set to open their regular season next week against their cross-county rivals, the Lakewood Leopards. The game is to be played at Union, and the game time is 7:30 p.m.