Story and Photos by Erich Eichhorn ( ISN )
September 24, 2012, Victoria, BC (ISN) – Both Victoria Spartans teams were in action last weekend with the 1-3 Bantam Spartans playing Saturday at home against the undefeated 3-0 North Surrey Panthers. The Spartan Midget team was also in action, paying a visit to the Cowichan Bulldogs backyard on Sunday afternoon at McAdam Field.
The bantam Spartans would find a tough opponent in the high-powered, run and gun offence of the Panthers Saturday at Bear Mountain Stadium as the Panthers would lead 20-0 at the half and roll to a dominant 46-0 win. Spartans QB Brandon Holland put out a valiant performance, but the Panthers defense would find weakness the Spartans front line often, interfering with Holland’s rhythm and time to find his downfield receivers, forcing him to put the ball on the ground to avoid being sacked by the aggressive Panther front line.
#33 Tye Pettepiece holds shrugs off Panther player while running the sideline route -– Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
Spartans standout utility player Tye Pettepiece would be Holland’s release most of the game, rushing and catching for most of the Spartans yardage while sacrificing the body, taking some punishing hits to move his team up field. Next up for the Bantam Spartans is a game against the Bantam Cowichan Bulldogs in an away game at McAdam Field in Duncan September 30th.
Spartans QB Brandon Holland looks for his sideline receiver during Saturday play at Bear Mountain Stadium – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
The Midget Spartans met the Cowichan Bulldogs on Sunday afternoon at McAdam Field in Duncan with equal 2-1 records. Both teams would use their defensive lines to start the game, not allowing either team to gain momentum. The Spartans would take the upper hand defensively, coming up big in the 1st quarter with two interceptions while trying to assert their brand on defensive dominance.
Spartans QB Lowell McDonald would become a russher, using his legs when the passing game was not going according to plan – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
Both Spartans and Bulldogs would spend the 1st half of the game playing in the midfield, each side looking to assert themselves in the hitting department. Defensive lines, not giving ground, would find themselves penalized often much to the disapproval of each teams spirited fans. With both teams offense sputtering and not able to find the end zone, Spartans kicker Mike Peverelle would finally find his range and lift two field goals through the uprights for his Spartans gain a 6-0 lead at the half.
Spartans Derek Morgan kept the legs moving, brushing off a Cowican Bulldogs defender– Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
The Spartans would come out in the second with seemingly a little more to prove as QB Lowell McDonald would start finding his pace, hooking up with teammate #12 Jordan Rodinsky for a 25 yard catch and run play and the games first touchdown with 8:33 remaining in the fourth quarter to add to the Spartans lead. The Bulldogs, on a late surge with 1:08 remaining, would put the ball in the hands of their running back # 34, and pound the ball through the Spartans defensive line on three consecutive plays, culminating with a last second rushing touchdown from the 2 yard line to make the final score a respectable 13-7 for the Spartans in a gutsy, on the ground win.
#30 Derek Hartwig gets above a Bulldogs receiver looking for the interception – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
When asked after the game what the driving force was for his team coming out in the second half continuing to push the ball, Spartans Coach Shortt would say, ” this is the best part of this team. We don’t take anything for granted and they know they have to fight for a full 60 minutes to win a football game. Every team is right up there. It’s a great competitive league this year. We want to set the level, set the tone, and play Spartans football”.
The Midget Spartans next opponent is the Chilliwack Giants at Bear Mountain Stadium September 30th, 1:00 pm.