This is not Sparta, football continues dominance

This is not Sparta, football continues dominance

By Cole Erquiaga Posted October 12, 2011

Friday’s game was not ordinary for the Buckaroos. There weren’t the usual three 80-yard runs by Jace Billingsley to run up the score. It was a very long, hard-fought battle but the Buckaroos prevailed.

The first drive happened slowly, but steadily with Billingsley only running the ball from the 19-yard line to the end zone to make it 7-0, the crowd roared, the cannon fired, and the school song played. The defense came out strong and held the Spartans to a 20-yard field goal. The first quarter ended 7-3 with Lowry leading.

In the second quarter, the Bucks ran down to the two-yard line but did not get into the end zone. Spring Creek was strong and marched 70 yards, but could not capitalize either, due to the strong defense of the Buckaroos recovering a fumble. The Buckaroos could not hold the ball either, giving it right back to Spring Creek to set up for a 38-yard field goal to go into half-time 7-6.

In the third quarter, both teams were trying to add points and execute, but the score stood still at 7-6.

Bryan Noble (44) and Michal Arenas (33) set their sites on the Spartan runningback. /Cole Erquiaga • The Brand
Bryan Noble (44) and Michal Arenas (33) set their sites on the Spartan running back. /Cole Erquiaga • The Brand

Going into the fourth quarter Lowry found the score too close for comfort, Spartans held the Buckaroos to fourth down and long at the 20. Coach Tim Billingsley decided to go for it with a run by Billingsley to get a 15-yard carry and a first down. The Bucks couldn’t get the ball into the end zone but Taylor Martin knocked in a 10-yard field goal to make it 10-6. The Spartans couldn’t gain many yards, as they were forced to punt. Receiving was Johnny Hernandez who recovered from an injury earlier in the game and he ran strong for 62 yards.

Spring Creek stayed strong with the defense in the red zone, only giving Lowry another field goal, this time from 32 yards. The score was 13-6, and the Spartans couldn’t hold onto the ball. Spring Creek fumbled and with 1:30 left in the game, the Bucks took a couple of knees from there and took the 13-6 homecoming victory over Spring Creek.

After the game quarterback Michael Billingsley said, “We definitely underestimated them and will not look past any other teams, we are a target now at 7-0 undefeated, teams will start playing us tough.”

Michael Billingsley escapes from a Spring Creek tackler. /Cole Erquiaga • The Brand
Michael Billingsley escapes from a Spring Creek tackler. /Cole Erquiaga • The Brand

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