Story and Images by Erich Eichhorn (ISN)
October 4,2015 Langford, BC (ISN) – “Elliot Dagg was one of those players you wish you had a team full of, “ Spartans coach Nick Lajoie would remember. On Sunday, the Spartans played in tribute to their recently fallen teammate at Westshills Stadium. Seeing “R.E.D.”, all four divisional home teams would prevail against their respective visiting side.
The Spartans saw RED Sunday, sweeping all four visiting teams, on a tribute day for for one of their past players in Elliot Dagg – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Left to right, the Dagg family, past teammate Mike Chavez, and former coach Dave Shortt present the newly named Spartans Elliot Dagg Football Excellence award during a pregame tribute given to Elliot Dagg – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
R.E.D., created by the Dagg family in memory of his passing, is raising funds through various initiatives to benefit youth involved in sports and education by way of bursaries and scholarships. R.E.D. also will donate to the BC Cancer Foundation to further research in the field of cancer research.
After the Peewee Spartans warmed up the early morning crowd playing against the Cowichan, dispatching them by a score of 48-0. The Junior Bantam Spartans took on the Nanaimo South-side Cowboys in the matinee football game at Westhills Stadium, defeating the up island team 42-14.
The bantam division Spartans, holding down a 3-1 record and tied for third place going into Sunday’s game, took on the North Delta Longhorns. The Longhorns have struggled, dropping their last three straight, while conversely, the home team Spartans have found their stride as of late, rattling off three wins after dropping their season opener 34-7 to the undefeated South Delta Rams.
A swarming Spartan’s defense would keep the Longhorns offense muted, as the home team would roll to a 27-0 win – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
The Bantam Spartans would readily defeat the Longhorns 27-0. Spartans starting QB Jake Jenish, going head to head against the Longhorns’ Emmanuel Odong, would engineer the win on the legs of a balanced team game, with four different players finding the endzone in the win.
It would take a quarter of play for the Spartans offense to find it’s stride but once it was found there was no stopping the ground game. Spartans’ Carter Price would open the games scoring in the second quarter with a 35-yrd scamper to the end zone, followed by teammate Damian McCuaig-Jones who would put his side up 14-0 at half time, taking advantage of a great defensive effort by Daniel De Vries to knock the Longhorns ball out, picking up the loose ball and run it 53 yards for the major. Spartans’ Stefan Grunert and Ryder Heaney-Corns would add to North Delta’s woes with their own running touchdowns in the second half to solidify the bantam Spartans win, and improving their record to 4-1.
The elder Spartans midget team, also finding recent success winning their last two games to break even on the season with a 2-2 record, played host to the White Rock Titans who sit precariously only one win ahead of the fifth place Spartans. Last weekend the Titans suffered their first loss of the season to the second place Giants to drop them to the middle of the standings.
The Midget Spartans, playing above their season record, dispatched the White Rock Titans with a second half, offensive explosion to take a 46-14 win.
Midget Spartan QB Brandon Holland picked hist battles and defeated the White Rock Titans handily 46-14 – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Both side would spare in the first half of the game with the Spartans QB Brandon Holland figuring in the first 13 points of the game on 2 TD’s, the latter on a 4 yard QB keeper to put the midget Spartans up 13-0. The Titans would battle back with two consecutive TD’s, first on the legs of their own QB Sherman Brown IV to put his team in scoring position on the Spartans one-yard line. Kevin Solares would fall on the ball in the end zone for the Titans’ first TD after teammate Alex Garcia would fumble the ball crossing into the end zone. The Titans would go ahead 14-0 when Spartans QB Holland, feeling the Titan’s defensive pressure, would attempt a shovel pass that would be intercepted by Patrick Grabowski. Grabowski would run uncontested 60 yards to tilt the field in favor of the visiting side, going up 14-13.
Titans Sherman Brown IV tries to extend the play, running for yards through the outstretched Spartan tackers arm – Erich Eichhorn (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Holland would atone for his action with a strike down field to another Spartans QB/receiver in Bailey McMillan. McMillan would reach over defenders back in an amazing downfield catch to set up his own TD on the following play, once again from the hands of Holland. The Spartans would go to the locker room with a 20-14 lead.
Spartans Crothers wasa wrecking machine in the midget game, making tacklers miss. Here Crothers runs through the defensive secondary to catch a bomb from QB Holland – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Spartans receiver Hayden Crothers would be the Spartans difference in the second half. Crothers would give the Titans defensive core fits, undressing numerous players with his running talents, and breaking tackles for extra yardage that would turn into added points for the senior Spartans.
Holland would find the nimble Crothers for two unanswered Td’s in the second half to jump out to a 32-14 lead. The Spartans defense, able to force the Titans offensive line into three and out situations repeatedly, would force a weary-looking Titans defense to try and hold back the win-hungry Spartans. Dominating the Titan’s secondary, Brandon Holland, with time in the pocket from a strong offensive line performance all game long, would throw two more strikes with only five minutes remaining. Holland would connect with Bailey McMillan again on the deep ball forty-five yards down field for his second TD in the game. Cade King-Wilcox would round out the games’ scoring with only three minutes remaining to send the visiting Titans home, stinging from the 46-14 loss.