We’re not going to lose another game.
A bold declaration perhaps, but one Spartan Head Coach Jeff Rouser has so far been proven correct about.
He made the claim following the Bainbridge High varsity football team’s disappointing loss to Lakeside on Sept. 29, and the Spartan squad proved their assured leader right Friday, Oct. 6 on the road, claiming a 42-8 win against Sammamish High (2-1) and evening their overall season record 3-3 (2-1 in league play).
Bainbridge is ranked in third place in the Metro standings, tied with Chief Sealth, Ballard and Rainier Beach. Lakeside boasts the top spot (3-0 in conference, 5-1 overall).
The island squad will return to Bainbridge for the last home game of the regular season, and Homecoming Night, at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13 to play against Franklin High (0-5 overall).
The final game of the season will be played on the road against Chief Sealth (4-2 overall).
Against Sammamish, the Spartans leapt out in front early, leading 6-0 at the end of the first quarter. They then outscored their host 15-0 in the second to lead 21-0 at the end of the half.
In the third again the Spartans were alone on the board, putting up seven more points in the penultimate quarter. It wasn’t until the fourth that Sammamish managed to notch some points and avoid a shutout, outscoring the Spartans 8-7 before the final buzzer.
The first touchdown of the game was scored by Jacob Hogger, on a 24-yard run. The kick was no good.
In the second, Gannon Winker scored first, on a 31-yard pass from Alex Ledbetter. Kicker Tanner Shattuck came through with the extra point.
Kyle Bierly notched the next touchdown, before Ledbetter finished off the half with a TD on a 2-yard run.
In the third, Ledbetter scored again on a 5-yard run, and Shattuck came through with the kick.
Max McLeod scored on a 42-yard run from Ledbetter for the next one, and Shattuck again made good with the kick.
In the fourth, Solon Rich scored on a 28-yard run, and Shattuck found the sweet spot between the posts one more time.
Ledbetter managed three-for-six attempts and passed for 80 yards total.
Bierly led the team’s rushing efforts, finishing the night with 69 yards to his name.
McLeod managed 58 yards; Hogger and Rich both had 43; Ledbetter, 21; and Nate Michaels, 13.
Receiving was a two-Spartan show: McLeod managed two receptions for 49 yards, and Winker one for 31.
Defensively, junior Alan Griffiths led the team with nine tackles (two sacks) and four tackles for a loss.
Bierly managed five tackles plus two assists (including three sacks, and three tackles for a loss).
Rich also chalked up five tackles, and one assist (including one sack and three tackles for a loss).