Union took their campaign to Trask High School Friday evening to take on the hometown Titans. It was the Spartans jumping on the Titans early, and never looking back, as they demolished the Titans, 41-0.
With 5:15 to play in the opening period, Union blocked a field goal attempt by Trask. Union’s Hagan Thornton scooped up the loose ball and returned it 75 yards for a touchdown. Less than four minutes later, Union struck again on Bakeem Murphey’s 5-yard touchdown rush.
Murphey found another hole in the Titan defense as he broke loose for a 65-yard touchdown rush before halftime. The Spartans led 21-0 at the break.
The Spartans continued to run the ball effectively in the second half. After adding 6 points in the third quarter, Natrone Banks had a 38-yard carry for a touchdown early in the final period.
Hagan Thornton found the end zone for the second time when he had an interception that he returned 50 yards for a touchdown. Although the Spartan rushing attack tried to steal the show Friday night, their defense had something to say for themselves.
Thornton had 6 tackles, a fumble recovery for touchdown, and interception return for touchdown. Justin Smith had 9.5 tackles and 3 sacks, while Anfrenee Cromartie had an amazing 15.5 tackles, along with one sack of the Titan quarterback, and 3 fumble recoveries.
Offensively, Bakeem Murphey had 6 carries for 66 yards, Daniel Glover had 3 carries for 56 yards, and Alfredo Garcia was 3-7 passing the ball with 75 yards. Ryan Hall had 1 reception for 23 yards, and Daniel Glover had 1 reception for 22 yards.
Coach Doug Burley said that he was pleased with his team’s effort and performance. “It’s all about next week now” Burley continued. “We’ve got to get out there Monday at practice and start getting ready for Midway.”
Bragging rights and conference standing position will be on the line at Union High School next Friday night, as Midway heads to Spartan territory for a cross-county rivalry.