Led by Stephon Watson’s 167 yards rushing and a tenacious defense in the 2nd half, the Varsity football team recorded a win over Eastwood, 19-7, last night at Roy C. Start Stadium. It was the first time in 15 years that the Spartans recorded a victory in their season opener. After giving up a 96-yard drive in the first half after a turnover, the defense stiffened and got several key stops to keep the score at 7. Jacob Boling forced a fumble late in the 4th quarter that gave the Spartans offense a short field. Watson plowed over from the 1 but lost the ball and after a scramble, the Spartans recovered in the end zone to put the game out of reach.
The Spartans came out after halftime and took the opening drive to knot the score at 7. Watson did most of the work breaking off 3 rushes of 10 yards or more. Brandon Winters scrambled in from the 15 to break the ice for the Spartans. After a 3 and out, the Spartans took advantage behind the powerful running of Watson who only seemed to get better as the game wore on. Watson scored to make it 13-7 but a missed extra point gave the Spartans a precarious 6 point lead. However, the defense rose to the occasion in preventing Eastwood from scoring to preserve the victory.
The Spartans host the Anthony Wayne Generals next Friday. Game time is set for 7:00 PM.