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Tough loss, but no time to mope
Bainbridge football coach Andy Grimm says the Spartans will have to bounce back quickly from a 24-21 loss to Seattle Prep last Friday.
“We’ve got a good team coming in this week so we’ll have to be ready mentally,” Grimm said Wednesday. “That’s always important after losing a close game. But the kids have responded with a good practice week so far. We’ll see.”
The Spartans (4-1) play North Thurston (4-1) Friday at BHS stadium with the kick-off set for 7 p.m.
The Lacey team, which lost to the Spartans 38-35 last year on its home field, has lost (43-36) this year only to Tumwater, which won the 2A championship a year ago.
“They’ve got a real good quarterback (6-4 senior Ben Broeker) and two good receivers,” Grimm said.
Grimm said the Rams run a pro-set offense and pass a little more than they run.
“It’ll be challenging because they score a lot,” Grimm said. “It could be a shootout since they also have been giving up points to the better teams.”
Last week, the Spartans took a 21-17 lead after scoring 14 points in the fourth quarter, but then couldn’t stop Prep from rallying for the win.
Running back Tere Calloway scored three touchdowns, including a game-winning 37-yard run with a minute remaining, to lead the unbeaten Panthers to a 24-21 Metro League win over Bainbridge Island.
It was Seattle Prep’s third consecutive narrow victory over the Spartans, having won in overtime last year and on the last play of the game two years ago.
The Spartans grabbed a 21-17 lead when fullback Jake Brigham scored on three-yard run with 3:17 left in the game. The touchdown was set up by a 15-yard pass from quarterback Chris Bell to tight end Cameron Brink on a third-and-eight play and a seven-yard run by Brigham.
The Panthers took over on their own 35 after the kick off went out of bounds, but faced a fourth-and-four dilemma on their own 41 with just under two minutes to play. Parker Mays got the first down on a 17-yard run, and three plays later Calloway ran off left tackle, found a crease to his right and escaped three would-be tacklers for the winning touchdown.
The Spartans took over on their own 26, but Bell, threw an interception to give Prep the win.
“We matched up with them well, but defensively there were a couple of plays where we didn’t execute and they took advantage it,” Grimm said. “Plus, we couldn’t get their offense off the field enough, so that kept the score down.”
The Panthers appeared in control late in the third quarter with a 17-7 lead, but the Spartans put together one of their best drives of the season to get back into the game. Sparked by Bell’s running and passing, the 18-play, 72-yard drive ended when Bell threw a 21-yard touchdown strike to Alex Coplan in the end zone with 10:56 left in the game. Bell ran for three first downs and completed three of six pass for 54 yards during the drive.
The Spartans regained possession at Prep’s 49 with 8:31 remaining in the game and burned more than five minutes off the clock.
Runs by Bell and Brigham led the charge when they reached the Prep 27, and scored five plays later to take the lead. But the Panthers had one more rally in them.
But the Panthers took over at their own 40 after the kickoff went out of bounds and scored a little more two minutes later.