by David King
On a cold blustery night, Coach Scotty Parker’s North Springs Spartans sent the seniors out in style with a 49-27 home victory over the frustrated Lithia Springs Lions. Senior Nick Keou returned the opening kickoff to the 43. Senior Kyree Green had several carries. Senior Aaron Bell connected with senior Dante Camp on 4th down. After senior Ryan Gordon caught a pass at the 16, QB Bell kept the ball twice and scored. Derek Viersen added the first of his seven PAT’s.
A successful fake punt extended the first Lion drive, but they later punted to the 20. Aaron Bell topped a 13-yard pass to Nick Keou with a short pass that Nick took 64 yards for a TD. Zahzee White recovered a fumble on the next Lion series, but an interception in the end zone snuffed the Spartan drive out.
Neriyan Brown intercepted a 2nd quarter Lion pass and dashed 38 yards for a TD. The Spartan defense and Lion penalties forced a Lithia punt from their 1 foot line. A Dante Camp reception and Kyree Green carry set up a 12-yard Bell to Ryan Gordon TD and 28-0 lead. When Lithia attempted a 51-yard field goal, safety Christian Holloman returned a 103-yard “kick 6”, but the officials ruled that a field goal return can’t start in end zone. On the next play, a Spartan pass bounced off a receiver’s hand to a Lithia DB for a short “pick 6” TD before halftime.
The Lions roared in the 3rd quarter, scoring in just over a minute. Following a Spartan punt, the rejuvenated Lions drove again, this time 48 yards to pull within 28-21. Ryan Gordon alertly returned a pooch kickoff all the way to the Lion 28. Bell hit Keou with a pass to the 7. Kyree Green ran to the right pylon to extend the lead to 14. The next Lion threat ended with a fumble at the Spartan 37. The first play of the 4th quarter was a failed Spartan fake punt. The Lions capitalized with a jump-ball TD pass to make the score 35-27.
A 75-yard drive goes quickly when Nick Keou takes a Bell pass 66 yards to the 9. Kyree Green ran the wildcat formation to score after 3 carries. Unsportsmanlike flags had been flying like autumn leaves throughout the night, so the referees said the consequences would now be ejection.
On the subsequent kickoff, multiple ejections were enforced. As a result, the Lions started at their 17. D lineman Matt Rosenstein alertly spotted a screen pass and leaped to intercept and return for a touchdown. Enjoying a commanding 49-27 lead with 9:41 left, the Spartans were set to celebrate the night away. Unfortunately, frustration boiled over for Lithia Springs. Officials declared the game over with 9:41 left and the Spartans winning a 49-27 decision.
North Springs overcame significant injuries this season to have some nice victories. Best of luck to a fine group of Spartan seniors!