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UPDATE | Spartans annihilate Franklin 59-14 for first football win
“Even the losers get lucky sometimes.”
These iconic lyrics from the 1979 hit song by Tom Petty were meant to stand as the singer’s opinion regarding the success of his love life. They could just as easily apply to the 2013 Bainbridge High School football season. The Spartans, having lost eight straight games this year, played hard and scored a massive win in their first post-season game at home against Franklin High on Friday, Nov. 1.
The final score was 59-14. Their current season record is 1-8 overall.
According to Spartan Head Coach Andy Grimm, the win is a just reward for the team’s hard work and continued improvement this season.
“It was a big push for them to get rewarded,” he said. “For their work and for hanging tough, it didn’t have to be a blow-out win tonight just to get that.”
For the team, it was the high note they had been striving for all season.
“We had parts of everything we needed each week,” said junior BHS running back/tight end Casey Brink. “This week it finally came together. It felt good to do to that team what other teams were doing to us.”
The game started out good for the Spartans almost right away when they were first to get on the scoreboard after a field goal with 6:35 left in the first quarter.
It was the first time the team had scored first all season.
Bainbridge led 31-14 at the end of the first half, and had extended their lead so commandingly that by the end of the fourth quarter, Grimm took advantage of their position and played several junior team members.
“It was great,” Grimm said. “We got everybody in, so it was the reward to those younger guys because it’s been tough to get them in.”
Dominating the Spartan offensive game was senior running back Taylor Wilson. He led the team with an outstanding 20 carries for 222 yards and scored three touchdowns.
Wilson also managed to contribute defensively with three unassisted tackles throughout the game.
Quarterback Kyle Jackson passed a total of 70 yards and scored two touchdowns.
Touchdowns were also scored by Nick Nordberg, Tino Peleti and Nick Miner.
The Spartan rushing efforts saw marked improvement in this game.
Paris Amore finished the game with three carries for 17 yards, Jackson had five carries for eight yards, Nordberg completed four carries for 39 yards and Ben Fisher finished the game with two carries for nine yards.
Eric Jung completed three carries for two yards, Peleti managed nine carries in 66 yards, Duncan McCombs ended the game with two carries for nine yards. Garrett Johnson completed six carries for 42 yards and Miner finished the game with four carries for 12 yards.
Peleti led the Bainbridge receiving game with two receptions for four yards.
Amore managed one reception for six yards and McCombs finished the game with one reception for 20 yards.
The team’s defensive efforts were clearly spearheaded by Jarett Grimm and Peleti, who each managed six unassisted tackles.
Amore managed five unassisted tackles and Ryan Eaton completed four unassisted and one assisted tackle. Sacks were made by Peleti, Johnson and Amore.
The Spartans played their last game on the road Thursday, Nov. 7 against Washington High.