Football: Spartans continue their league dominance with their 8th straight East Sequoia League win
By Patrick Dillon @pdillon_sgn
WOODLAKE – There were concerns regarding how the Strathmore Spartans would fair when they began East Sequoia League competition. Chief among them being if their starters were in good enough game shape. Many only saw one half of play during non-league games as the Spartans outscored their opponents by a combined score of 256-69.
Last Friday night all those concerns and more were laid to rest as the Spartans won their eigth ESL game in a row by defeating the Tigers 63-14.
“They came out and executed their assignments with great effort and we could not ask for much more,” said Strathmore head coach Jeromy Blackwell.
So far this season the strength of the Spartans (6-0; 1-0) offense has been in their running game accounting for 28 of their 33 total scores entering Friday night.
It was the same story against the Tigers (3-3; 0-1) as Joseph Garcia, Alonso Acevedo, and Noah Alcantar all found pay dirt on the ground. The three before mentioned players accounted for five of the Spartans scores.
Garcia led the team with 21 carries for 158 yards and three scores. His first two capped off two long drives by the Spartans with runs of four and 11 yards, respectively, to make it 14-0. Then in the second half Garcia broke loose up the near side line for a 41-yard score to put Strathmore up 49-0.
However, over the last couple games they have been developing their passing attack with quarterback Nick Salas. So far coach Blackwell is pleased with where they are, despite only being able to throw in the first half to avoid running up the score.
Salas picked apart the Tiger defense, which was concerned about the run, going 6-9 for 174 yards and two touchdowns.
“With Nick connecting on those couple long balls itloosened everything up and we got rolling again,” said coach Blackwell.
Both scores came in the second quarter on seam routes. First, Salas found Garcia up the middle for a 47-yard score just two plays into the quarter. Then he found Andras Lara up the near sideline for a 65-yard score.
“I knew I was going to be hitting one of the seams so when I had the opportunity I took advantage of it,” said Salas.
Even Strathmore’s defense got in on the scoring in the first half when defensive tackle Jadon Guire got a 78-yards scoop and score just before time expired.
Eventually Woodlake got on the board during the fourth quarter when Saul Palomo punched it in from three yards out. By then the Tigers trailed 56-8 and there was a running clock.
“It was an old fashion butt whooping,” said Woodlake head coach Jeff Johnson.
The Strathmore Spartans travel to take on the Sierra Pacific Golden Bears next Friday night. Sierra Pacific is coming off a 28-0 loss to the Lindsay Cardinals.
Woodlake will try to even up their league record with a trip to Corcoran to take on the Panthers next Friday.
Corcoran is coming off a 35-0 loss to the Granite Hills Grizzlies.