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

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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