Football: Strathmore offense comes alive in second half
Spartans score 29 points in third quarter after falling behind early
By Jermaine Johnson II @Jerm_10
STRATHMORE – The Strathmore Spartans have been nothing short of dominant over the last three seasons. They have been valley champions during that entire span, as well as East Sequoia League champions during two of those three years. They also made it to the state championship game each season, winning it in 2017. This year, they are ready to make another run at the gold.
They opened their season last Friday against the Boron Bobcats. The Spartans got out to a slow start, as they were trailing 6-0 in the second quarter. Head coach Jeromy Blackwell deems that the team may have gotten caught up in the circumstances, which attributed to the slow start. They had a large crowd on a hot summer night, plus there were pregame ceremonies happening before the game. In addition to those outside factors, Boron came ready to play. They didn’t give Strathmore any easy plays. “No one will lay down for us,” said Blackwell. “There is a target on our back and we have to bring our ‘A’ game every week.”
After trailing with about four minutes left in the first half, Strathmore put together a scoring drive to tie the game. They missed the ensuing conversion and so the score was tied at the half.
“We went into half time and fixed up a lot. We executed better and we were in far better shape [than Boron] which helped on such a hot night,” said Blackwell.
The Spartans are usually a ground and pound team, but it was their passing game that got them back into this game. The team only ran for 104 yards total, but senior quarterback Trace Pugh threw for 156 yards, three touchdowns, and completed 83 percent of his passes.
In the second half, the defense got the shut out and the offense put up 36 points. Their next matchup will be at home against Parlier.