As it rains, Spartan football faithful roar

Undeterred by chilly conditions, Spartan fans (L-R) Gaelen Kelly, Alex Alamano, Mark Salanga, Stephanie Cramer and Drew Farwell cheer on the home team. - JESSE BEALS/Staff Photo
Undeterred by chilly conditions, Spartan fans (L-R) Gaelen Kelly, Alex Alamano, Mark Salanga, Stephanie Cramer and Drew Farwell cheer on the home team.
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The gridders round out the home season with a sopping 41-0 romp over Lakeside.

On a wet and windy evening, and with the opposing squad missing the ferry to delay the game by more than an hour, the Bainbridge football team over came the distractions defeating Lakeside 41-0 in the final home game of the season Thursday.

The win snapped a three-game losing streak and guarantees the Spartans fourth place in the Metro League’s Mountain Division.

“I think we did what we wanted to do,” center Josh Truan said. “We’ve been more focused during this game than we have in the last ones. We came out strong in the first half.”

That strength could have been hampered by the Lions’ tardiness, but head coach Andy Grimm kept the team focused.

“It’s a tribute to our kids, being able to adjust,” he said. “We ended up coming back in and showing them some highlights.

“We wanted to give them enough time to warm up. We didn’t want to stick it to them. It wasn’t their fault missing the boat. A lot of us have been there in that situation.”

The Spartans got off to a good start as they worked the wing-T to perfection. Nick Stone notched the first score on a 15-yard sweep around the left side.

Lakeside did their part to try and tie the score as they worked their way down the field, but would eventually turn the ball over on downs on the Spartan 6-yard line.

That was the last they would see of the end zone. In the second quarter, Max Kauffman and Dane Hiett ripped off big runs to set up Stone’s second score from a yard out.

Bainbridge got another score when Lakeside running back Kiet Vo fumbled in Lion territory. Tight end Bryan Gilbreath made a nice one-handed catch off a Quinton Agosta pass and rumbled to the 1-yard line, and Stone scored again just before the half.

“Our offensive line definitely stepped up and controlled the line of scrimmage,” Truan said.

In the second half, it was all Bainbridge. Gilbreath scored on a great pass from Agosta from 33 yards out in the third.

In the fourth, Dan Peck ran a punt back 60 yards for a special teams score and Kaukia Peleti scored from 32 yards out to finish off the scoring.

Lakeside couldn’t get it together as the rain made it impossible to hang onto the ball as they fumbled it away on their last three drives.

Even with the dominant win, the playoffs aren’t in the Spartans sights. But Truan said next week is still a playoff game for them.

And they still have some goals, statistically, including a big game for their star running back.

“We want to give Carter Williams his 1,000 (season) yards,” Truan said. “We want to keep up our intensity. At the beginning of the year, we dominated people, and I think that would be a good way to go out.”

Grimm was happy he was able to let most of his kids get on the field.

“My two things that I’m happy about were getting the 17 seniors an opportunity to play,” he said. “Some got more playing time than others, but most of ’em got in there.

“The other part was we wanted to take care of the ball and not turn it over. I told them the scoreboard would take care of itself if we did that.”

Stone finished with 12 carries for 90 yards and the three touchdowns, while Peleti had 67 yards on just three rushes and the aforementioned score.

Defensively, Gilbreath finished with nine tackles (seven solo), while Jake Hinton had seven tackles (four solo) and two fumble recoveries.

Truan had 10 tackles (five solo) and a fumble recovery.

The Spartans ran for 285 yards as a team.

With fourth place in the Mountain Division secure, Bainbridge could play West Seattle, the fourth place Sound Division team, in a crossover game next week at Memorial Stadium in Seattle.

The game time and date have yet to be determined.

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