Freshmen Lose Season Finale in Nail biter

The Freshmen Spartans came within one tipped, 4th quarter pass of knocking off visiting Walnut Hills, eventually losing to the Eagles 14-13 at Spartan Stadium.

Walnut Hills started the scoring in the first quarter, putting together a 64-yard drive, capped off by a short quarterback touchdown run, giving the Eagles a 7-0 lead with 6:11 left in the first quarter.

All season long, the young Spartan offense has shown its quick-strike abilities, and on its very next possession, they showed it again. Quarterback Nick Haddad, operating from his own 3-yard line, fired a long pass over the middle to a wide-open Mark Fields. Fields then raced into the end zone from the 50-yard line, nimbly avoiding a last second tackle attempt by an Eagle defender at the 20. Calvin Smith’s point-after kick was good, and the Spartans had tied the score, 7-7, with 5:13 left in the opening quarter.

Then, with just :34 remaining in the first half, Haddad’s right arm struck again, this time hitting wide out Curtis Johnson perfectly in stride for a 63-yard touchdown, as the Spartans took a 13-7 lead into halftime.

After trading possessions for most of the third quarter, the Eagles put together a 70-yard drive, eventually scoring on a quarterback keeper, taking a 14-13 lead into the fourth quarter.

Both teams were held scoreless throughout most of the fourth quarter. The Eagles had a chance to run out the clock late in the quarter, but the Spartan defense held the Eagles on a critical fourth down, giving the ball back to the Spartan offense with 1:42 to play.

The offense moved the ball effectively on their final drive, with Haddad hitting Mark Fields on a screen pass and then Owen Racer up the Turpin sideline to get into Eagle territory. But on a fourth down from the Eagle 38 with :47 to play, a pass down near the Eagle 5-yard line was defended and tipped away by an Eagle defensive back. The Eagles then ran out the clock for the 14-13 win.

The freshmen finished their season with a 3-5 record.

(Many thanks to Michele Johnson for the game pictures)

Joh Bell
Eric Bohenek
Jacob Bolin
DJ Capetillo
Alexander Champlin
Tim Conway
Reid Crawley
Brody Donovan
Brogan Eckert
Reece Evans
Matias Fernadez
Nicholas Hellman
Luke Hock
Sam Machmenheimer
Zachary Marsh
Philip Messerly
Mark Middendorf
Miles Molloy
Spencer Owen
Samuel Ray
Justin Silverstein
Keegan Slaney
Harry Tyszkiewiez
Charlie Verdin
Chris Ward

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Freshmen Football Roster

No. Name Yr Pos
Nate Baumgartner 9 WR/DB
3 Kaidan Naughton 9 RB/LB
4 Josh Schucter 9 WR/DB
12 Jake Bruner 9 RB/LB
14 Connor Stout 9 WR/DB
16 Jakob Williams 9 QB/WR
17 Max Gundrum 9 WR/DB
18 Zach Richard 9 WR/DB
19 Nate Stilgenbauer 9 WR/DB
21 Garrett Manaster 9 WR/DB
28 David Clawson 9 WR/DB
32 Jack Rizzo 9 WR/DB
33 Matt Johnson 9 WR/DB
35 Will Myres 9 RB/DL
40 William Guy 9 WR/DB
44 Gus Harpring 9 WR/LB
45 Alex Woelfel 9 OL/DL
46 Jake Turner 9 OL/DL
50 Kyle Sweeney 9 OL/DL
53 Max Kline 9 OL/DL
55 Drew Hilgefort 9 OL/DL
56 Jaden Schlosser 9 OL/DL
57 Luke Schroeder 9 OL/DL
58 Max Cushman 9 WR/DB
60 Caid Sullivan 9 OL/DL
64 Andrew Burkhart 9 OL/DL
66 Gabriel Hickman 9 OL/DL
67 Alex Miguez 9 OL/DL
75 Carter Meager 9 OL/DL
76 Mason Meloy 9 OL/DL
77 Brandon Bishop 9 OL/DL
85 Alex Steele 9 TE/LB