Although the Spartans have started out the season 2-0, and only allowed 14 points, for the team it hasn’t been everything they’d hoped for. After a 20-7 win, there was a general air of disappointment among the team towards their performance in week 1. I talked with Sr. WR Jack Thomas about what the team would need to do after a struggle in week 1. “It was a wake up call for us to play the way that we know, and that’s physical, disciplined, and fast.”
The Spartans were able to do more of this in their second game at Stephens county, where they came out on top 28-7. This performance was what one would expect to see from a team coached by Josh Alexander: the defense played strong, only allowing 106 yards of total offense to the 4A Indians. A highlight of the night was the offensive attack led by So. QB Palmer Bush who threw 2 touchdowns compared to 0 turnovers en route to a 7-12 night that ended with 155 yards. This is something that I thought was going to be a big factor in the final score Friday, and Palmer’s strong play helped the Spartans control the game. Deion Colzie also had his best game in his Spartan career, in my opinion, with 3 catches for 58 yards, and 3.5 tackles and one TFL.
The Spartans look to keep up the solid play this Friday with a matchup at 3A Cherokee Bluff in Gainesville. The Spartans look to be the favorite on paper, and this should be a good way to end a 2 game stretch prior to interim week. This game should allow the Spartans to gain some confidence heading into region play with a matchup at Towns Co. following interim week and then the Backyard Brawl the following week. The Stephens Co. was a much needed win for the Spartans, and I think they played well enough to gain some confidence headed into the heart of the schedule.