In a close battle than went down to the final minutes, the Trask Titans held on to beat the Union Spartans 15-6.
Great defense was on display by both teams, with each team only giving up one offensive touchdown. Four turnovers by the Spartans hurt their offensive momentum.
The Spartans received the opening kickoff but were held on downs. On the first Titan possession of the night, the home team made a long drive that took up most of the first quarter. The Titans scored and then kicked the extra point to make the score 7-0.
The Spartans got the ball on the kickoff and then the Titans intercepted on a pass play. Trask once again drove the ball down field but Union’s defense held up and kept the ball out of the end zone. The Titans gave the ball up on downs as Union’s offense took the field once again. This time they got it going.
After a few short gains by the Spartans, Vance King made a big 70-yard run to inside the Titan 10-yard line. Emari Carter then punched in the touchdown to make the score 7 -6.
From then on it was a defensive struggle, with both teams being held by the opposing team. Back and forth it went throughout the rest of the second quarter, the third quarter and the beginning of the fourth quarter. With eight minutes left in the game, the Titans were driving down the field and got all the way down to the 1-yard line, but the Spartan defense denied them the end zone.
After a holding penalty by Trask, the Spartans took over the ball and started a drive of their own from their own 10-yard line with about seven minutes left in the game.
The Spartans were driving down the field at a good pace but then a costly turnover stopped them.
With the Titans driving down field and trying to take time off the clock the defense once again stepped up, held them and got the ball back for the offense with 2:11 left on the clock. The Spartans then tried a pass play that was intercepted and run back for a touchdown by Trask. The two-point conversion was successful making the score 15-6 in favor of the home team.
“The boys played really hard tonight but the four turnovers killed us,” said head coach Doug Burley.
The 1-2 Spartans will be back on their home turf Monday night to finish up the game with Pender that was postponed just before halftime because of lightning on Sept. 1. Next Friday night, the Spartans travel to Jones Central.
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