The freshmen Spartans fell 35-7 to Loveland on a grey and windy Saturday afternoon at Tiger Stadium. Loveland wasted no time getting on the board, sprinting to its first score just 20 seconds into the game. Two long running plays by the Tigers doomed the Spartan defense, as Loveland quickly grabbed a 6-0 lead with 8:40 left in the first quarter.
Turpin’s defense held the Tiger quick-strike offense scoreless for the remainder of the first quarter, but at the start of the second quarter, Loveland reached the end zone again for a 12-0 lead with 8:40 remaining in the half.
Then, late in the second quarter, Loveland managed a last minute score, taking an 18-0 lead into halftime.
Turpin opened the second half with a quick score of it own. On the first play from scrimmage after halftime, Turpin quarterback Nick Haddad breathed life into the Spartan offense as he sprinted sideline-to-sideline in an electrifying 64-yard run, eluding the Tiger defenders for a touchdown. Drew Dierig’s point-after kick was good, and the Spartans were on the board, trailing 18-7.
But, the Turpin offense wouldn’t score again, while Loveland would add two more scores for the 35-7 win.
Turpin plays its season finale Saturday, October 31 against Walnut Hills at Spartan Stadium.
(Many thanks to Michele Johnson for the game pictures)