Football Spartans Slay Panthers

Posted on: September 14, 2020
Tags: Football

With a slight chill in the air, your football Spartans invaded the lands of Fort Ancient Valley in a road battle with Little Miami on Friday night. Fortunately, these were not the Panthers from Dillon, Texas led by coach Eric Taylor, but The (Little) U did force some early adversity and raced out to an 8-7, 2nd quarter lead. However, the Spartans regrouped, exploded with 37 unanswered points, and finished off the Panthers, 44-8.


All 3 phases of the game deserve this first paragraph, but defense wins championships! The Spartan defense continued their stinginess in week 3, allowing less than 180 total yards, stopping Little Miami on 7 of 9, 3rd down conversion attempts, and forcing the Panthers into 3 turnovers. Will “Thor” Myres and Jake Bruner bull rushed towards key sacks, and the rest of the defensive line of Gabe Asbury, Max Cushman, and Ben Cushman caused continued disruption and havoc.


Fantasy football owners who drafted quarterback Will Schulok in the late rounds were grinning ear to ear again after watching Schulok sling 4 more touchdowns and over 360 passing yards. The Gund Show certainly held its season grand opening on Friday, as senior Max Gundrum hauled in 8 receptions for over 185 yards and 3 touchdowns. The normal dose of bubble screens resulted in Gabe Hickman, Max Kline, and rest of the offensive line knocking down bodies and paving the receivers’ paths WAY down field all night long.


With all that being said, the most concerning casualty from Friday night was probably the Little Miami scoreboard cabinet. Senior Jack Rizzo’s stellar place-kicking consistency amplified loud and clear all night when all his successful extra-point kicks resulted in sonic ricochets off the same section of scoreboard metal. Hopefully, they do not send young Rizzo a repair bill.


McCullough’s 2 Minute Drill:

What were your 2-3 most positive takeaways this week?

Coach McCullough: “I was very happy with how we handled the adversity of the game, either if it was a bad call or a blocked punt, we stayed focused on what we could control.  I was very happy with, again like last week, all three phases doing their part.  Offense had some adversity early but made some adjustments and did a great job of creating big plays.  Little Miami tried to take away Kaidan and Logan, but Max Gundrum stepped up and had a career night.  We have so many weapons on offense, defenses that we play will try to stop certain players and all that does is open up opportunities for another one of our playmakers to step up.  Defensively, I was very happy with how we stopped their run game and put pressure on their quarterback.  Overall, there are some things we could do better, but I am very happy with how hard we are playing and how we are playing as a team, a brotherhood!”


What is the most important way the Spartans get better for next week?

Coach McCullough: “We need to get healthy.  Hopefully, we get a couple players back, who have some bumps and bruises.  We need to continue to take care of our bodies.  The season is a grind and teams that stay healthy over the season, will have a chance of a successful playoff run!”


The Spartans return home to the friendly confines of Spartan Stadium this week with some unprecedented uncertainty. The schedule lists the Walnut Hills Eagles, but at the time of this press release, their Friday arrival for a gridiron battle is still in doubt. Coach McCullough’s scouting department will certainly earn their money this week as they scramble for intelligence and film after Friday’s opponent is finalized.


Keep wearing those masks and maintain your social distancing this week so we collectively keep COVID-19 at bay.

Nothing works unless the linemen do, and go Spartans.