WARSAW — The Spartans traveled to James Kenan Friday night to take on an undefeated Tiger squad. The Tigers winning streak was nowhere close to ending against the Sampson team, as they demolished the Spartans, 44-6.
The night started off promising for Union. After beginning their first drive on their own 290yard line, the Spartans marched down the field toward the end zone. A touchdown pass from Alfredo Garcia to Ryan Hall from 13 yards out capped off the 71-yard drive. Union led 6-0 after the missed point after try.
It was the last lead the Spartans would hold.
On the ensuing kickoff, James Kenan’s Marcellus Sutton returned the kick 90 yards for a touchdown, and the PAT gave the Tigers their first lead,one they wouldn’t relinquish.
The Spartan defense held strong for most of the first half. Sutton chipped in a rushing touchdown for the Tigers, and at halftime, Union trailed by only 7 points, 13-6.
The third quarter, however, is one that Union won’t soon forget. They allowed 25 points, and coughed up the pigskin four times in the third quarter alone.
Union would fumble once more in the fourth, and James Kenan would continue to capitalize. When the clock finally showed nothing but zeros, the Tigers had locked up their fourth win of the season in convincing fashion.
Coach Doug Burley of Union stated that “turnovers killed us, six turnovers. I feel like the defense and offense played well, but the turnovers killed us. We’ll be ready to work Monday; we’ve got to be to get ready for Pender.”
Final offensive stats for Union include 156 yards rushing, and 82 yards passing. Bakeem Murphey led the Spartans with 10 carries for 101 yards, while Natrone Banks had 7 carries for 35 yards.
No defensive stats were available.