2011-08-31 / Sports

Spartans dominate during season debut

By Tres Bragg tresbragg@bellsouth.net


Spartan quarterback Logan Christian completes a pass. Christian recorded 5 passes for 57 yards. He also rushed for 72 yards and a touchdown during EBA’s win. Spartan quarterback Logan Christian completes a pass. Christian recorded 5 passes for 57 yards. He also rushed for 72 yards and a touchdown during EBA’s win. EBA’s season opener was nearly a walk in the park.

The Spartans traveled to Thomson last Friday afternoon to take on the Briarwood Bucs in their first football game of the season. From the opening kickoff, it was all red and white Spartans.

On their first possession the Spartans drove down the field, leading to a Michael Taylor 5- yard touchdown run. The Bucs responded with a 35-yard touchdown pass and took advantage of EBA’s missed two-point conversion by taking an early 7-6 lead. That would be the last lead the Bucs had.

With just 20 seconds left in the first quarter, Dawson Atkinson found the end zone. Moments later, quarterback Logan Christian connected with Ben Murray for a successful two-point conversion. The Spartans led 14-7.


Clint Saxon hurdles over linemen to find running room. Saxon had 9 carries for 60 yards against Briarwood. Clint Saxon hurdles over linemen to find running room. Saxon had 9 carries for 60 yards against Briarwood. Taylor would strike again early in the second quarter with another short touchdown run. This time Hagen Wade completed the two-point conversion, giving the Spartans a 22-7 lead. With 3:42 left in the half, Taylor added his third touchdown run of the night and extended the Spartans’ lead 29-7.

In the second half, Atkinson and Christian both recorded touchdown runs while the Bucs were able to scramble in for one last score. However, EBA easily took the 41-13 win. After the game, head coach Buddy Sorrow commented on the season opening victory.

“Our depth definitely helped us out Friday night,” Sorrow said. “Briarwood didn’t have a lot of players, and we were able to substitute a lot of different players to help keep our guys rested. They also had four turnovers, compared to us not having any. That played a role in the win too.”

Although Sorrow did see some things he liked on the field, he knows there is a lot of room for improvement before this week’s big game. “Westfield is a whole different story,” Sorrow said. “They have probably the biggest offensive line and two linebackers I’ve coached against since being at EBA. We’ve got to make some improvements on the offensive line and help protect our quarterback. We’ve also got to give our running backs more room to run the ball. Playing against a top team like Westfield will do us some good. This game will give our players and coaches a better understanding of what we have to work on for the rest of the season.”

UP NEXT

EBA’s second game of the season could possibly be their toughest. The Spartans will travel nearly 3 hours this Friday to Perry to battle Class-AAA Westfield. The Hornets are currently ranked in the top three in Class-AAA while the Spartans are among the top three teams in Class-AA. Westfield beat EBA last year 17-8, but the Hornets lost several standout players due to graduation. Westfield’s three all-state players from last year all graduated as did six of their nine all-region selections. This Friday’s game is expected to be one of the biggest in GISA. A win for the Spartans could confirm that they are capable of making another run to the state finals. Kick-off is set for 7:30 pm.

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