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Spartan gridders pummel Nathan Hale, 56-0

Carter Williams has his second straight 100-yard rushing game.

It was a little bit of history repeating itself for the Bainbridge football team.

Nick Stone and Carter Williams ran for two scores each as the Spartans blanked the Nathan Hale Raiders 56-0 on Friday night. The score was almost identitcal to the Spartans’s 56-10 victory over the Raiders a year ago.

Clif McKenzie, Dan Peck and Dane Hiett each rushed for touchdowns as well, as the defense held the Raiders to just 66 yards rushing with no passing yards allowed.

It’s the first shutout for the Spartans since they blanked the Renton Indians at home 21-0 in September 2002.

“A shutout is nice to have,” Bainbridge head coach Andy Grimm said. “It’s a pride thing for the kids, so that’s a goal they love to have.”

They got off on the right start on the opening kickoff when James O’Malley leveled the Nathan Hale returner at the 20-yard line, sending the Spartans into a frenzy.

“It was a real nice hit by O’Malley,” Grimm said. “He did a nice job staying in his lane. It set a real tone for the defense.”

After forcing the Raiders to punt, Bainbridge didn’t take long to score as Quinton Agosta hit Bryan Gilbreath for a 37-yard strike.

McKenzie would later score on a 13-yard run, while Williams ran it in from a yard out.

Stone and Peck, who were unavailable for the first game for not having enough practice time, made their debuts in a big way, coming off the bench to add more punch behind the line. Peck ran one in from 29 yards out in the second quarter, while Stone had scoring runs of 17 yards in the second and 40 yards in the third.

“He had some nice moves,” Grimm said. “He left some guys in the dust on his touchdown run.”

Williams and Hiett scored in the third quarter to round it out. Williams ran 65 yards to paydirt, while Hiett scampered in from seven yards out.

Overall, nine different Spartans ran the ball for a team total of 384 yards.

Grimm was impressed by how his team didn’t relent when they had the Raiders down by a significant margin.

“On offense we were subbing liberally and still putting points on the board,” he said. “Sometimes you worry about your team playing down to their competition, so we challenged them, and they responded.”

Bainbridge travels to Seattle this Friday to face Ingraham at 4:30 p.m. The start time was moved up because the Rams’ field does not have lights.

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