The Pender Patriots came back to visit the Union Spartans to finish up a game that was postponed due to lightning and took the victory from the home team 25-16.
The action started going wrong with 6:03 left in the second quarter while the Spartans had the lead by the score of 8-7. The Spartans began the action on offense but fumbled on their third play from scrimmage.
Pender recovered the ball and their offense took over, driving right down the field on several running plays to score a touchdown to make the score 13-8 in favor of the Patriots.
Pender took this lead into halftime.
Union received the ball to begin the third quarter but fumbled the ball back to the Patriots. The Spartan defense stepped up and held the Patriots and got the ball back. This time Union took advantage of a 77-yard touchdown run by Trey Underwood.
Emari Carter scored on the two-point conversion to give the Spartans the lead 16-13.
Pender immediately moved down the field on their next possession and scored a touchdown to take the lead 19-16.
The Spartan’s next possession started out with Carter making a big 55-yard run to take the ball down to the Pender 20-yard line. After several penalties by both teams, the quarter ended.
The fourth quarter began with a big pass interference call on the Patriots, but it was not enough for a first down. The Spartans failed to convert on fourth down and the ball went back to Pender. The Spartan defense stepped up again, held the Patriots and forced the punt.
However the fumble bug bit again on Union’s second play after they got the ball back and Pender recovered. This time the Patriots would not be denied as they drove the ball down field and scored another touchdown to make their lead 25-16 with less than three minutes to go.
The Spartans immediately drove the ball down deep into Pender territory but just could not punch in another touchdown.
The Spartans had too many turnovers which ultimately hurt them a lot in the end.
“You just can’t win the ball game when you turn the ball over four times,” said coach Doug Burley.
The 2-4 Spartans are open this week but will play again on Oct. 6 at Princeton. They will be back on their home field on Oct. 13 against North Duplin.
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