The Bainbridge High football team played what was arguably their most competitive game of the season so far Friday, Oct. 11, ultimately losing to the Seattle Prep Panthers at the Spartans’ homecoming game with a final score of 42-21.
Amid a myriad of false starts and several calls of “unsportsmanlike conduct,” one of which resulted in the expulsion of one Spartan player, the game seemed to be getting away from the boys until late in the fourth quarter.
“I thought the boys put forth great effort in executing the game plan on offense,” said Spartan Head Coach Any Grimm.
“We need to be more consistent on defense without tackling and taking care of our individual gaps,” he added,
The Spartans were losing 22-0 at halftime, but the crowd at Memorial Stadium still had something to cheer about.
The 2013 homecoming king and queen were crowned, and the celebration marked the 86th anniversary of the formation of Bainbridge High. Kate Hathaway was crowned homecoming queen and Walker Hauptman was picked as homecoming king. The other members of the court were Will Economy, Austin Harper, Henry Milander, Elise Cassella, Signe Lindquist and Cappy Yarborough.
The Spartans managed several late-game touchdowns in the second half, effectively making up some of the ground lost when Seattle Prep pulled ahead in points early on.
“Changing quarterbacks in the second half sparked the offense, and the offense in general played with confidence in the second half,” Grimm said.
The initial Spartan quarterback, Connor Teddy, passed a total of 26 yards. The quarterback in the second half, Kyle Jackson, managed to pass an even 100 yards.
Touchdowns were scored for BHS by Taylor Wilson, Jackson and Max Wickline.
The Spartans’ rushing efforts were lower than average across the board. Wilson managed 21 carries for 98 yards, Teddy had five carries but lost a yard, Duncan McCombs had only one carry for four yards. Jackson racked up 10 carries and 17 yards and Paris Amore managed two carries and 30 yards.
The Bainbridge receiving efforts were better. Wickline had three receptions in 53 yards, Casey Brink had two receptions in 20 yards, Paris Amore managed two receptions in 27 yards, Wilson finished the game with one reception and 10 yards and Duncan McCombs completed two receptions for 16 yards.
Leading the Spartans defensive efforts was an impressive performance by Jeremy Greer, who managed to rack up 13 unassisted tackles.
Brink finished the game with four unassisted and two assisted tackles, and both Duncan McCombs and Max Thomas managed five unassisted tackles.
Ryan Comstock and Jarett Grimm each had four unassisted tackles.
“We are staying with the same game plan and Kyle Jackson at QB,” Grimm said of the Spartans’ upcoming game. “We are adding a few new plays and hope to execute well in Friday’s game.”
The Spartans play their next game at home against Hazen High School at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18.