Football Spartans Withstand Warriors’ Attack

Posted on: September 28, 2020

The lights were shining a little brighter Friday night with the collision of Senior night and the Skyline Crosstown Showdown game of the week. Despite a deceiving 1-3 record, the Lebanon Warriors marched into at Spartan Stadium hoping to provide Turpin their first true test of the season. However, the Spartans overwhelmed the Warriors with their passing game trebuchet and improved to 4-0 with a commanding 40-29 win.


Both teams started a little tentative by only exchanging flesh wound battle axe jabs during the first quarter. Everyone certainly adores flawless special teams play, but thankfully the showcase of each punting unit ceased after a scoreless first frame. The Thursday night team dinner of wings and pizza finally wore off when Will Schulok opened the 2nd quarter by firing the first of four touchdown passes to Logan “nobody can guard me” Hurley. Fellow wideout Max Gundrum also hauled in two touchdowns on the way to a SIX passing touchdown night for Schulok. The Warriors somewhat stifled Turpin’s running game, but teams simply pick their poison each week when facing the sizzling Spartan offense and their dominating offensive line. 


The Warriors showed some glimmer of their pregame hype, but the Spartan shield continued making key defensive stops and never allowed Lebanon closer than two scores. Cornerback Matthew Johnson showed off his big game experience as the senior leader and shutdown corner in the Spartan secondary by making a series of huge defensive plays. Ryan McDole also picked off his 4th interception of the season as well.


McCullough’s 2 Minute Drill:

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

Coach McCullough: “I was very happy with the way the entire team handled the adversity in the game.  Lebanon is a good football team that put together a good very game plan.  We made adjustments during the game and just made more plays than they did.  As we continue to play in bigger and bigger games, we will need to face all challenges head on, make adjustments and make plays.  Offensively, Lebanon was loading the box to stop the run, we recognized this and started utilizing the passing game, which resulted in a big night for Will Schulok, Logan Hurley and Max Gundrum.  Defensively, we gave up some plays, but we also made some keys in very key moments.  Matthew Johnson had a huge game with 4 key deflections in pivotal moments.  Overall, just very pleased with how the team battled together against a tough Lebanon team.”


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

Coach McCullough: “Next week versus Winton Woods is a championship playoff game.  I am excited for the team because they are being rewarded for all their hard work.  We will need a great week of preparation for this game to be able to play at a championship level.”


Fasten your seat belts Spartan Nation. As expected with the conference realignment, the road to a repeat ECC crown runs through Winton Woods. Another army of Warriors awaits the Spartans at Charlie Fredrick Stadium on Friday night, and social distancing attendance guidelines will surely be tested for this colossal ECC showdown. Secure your ticket early to ensure your seat!


Nothing works unless the linemen do, and go Spartans.