Story and images by Erich Eichhorn (ISN)
October 12,2015 Langford, BC (ISN) – The senior Victoria Spartans got three TD’s from Hayden Crothers but it wasn’t enough to hold down the Coquitlam Falcons, as the mainland team would score 3 Td’s in the final quarter to defeat the home side 35-20 Sunday at Westhills Stadium.
Spartans McMurray and company stop Falcons Matt Oye from advancing for further yards – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
The Vancouver Mainland Football League’s marquis match up pitted the undefeated Falcons against a Victoria Spartans team that has been turning heads of late. The Spartans, on a three game win streak and holding down fourth place in the standings, looked to upset the soaring raptors. The Falcons were, for good reason, perhaps a little wary coming to the Spartan’s home turf, as the Spartans have not been defeated in their last two home games.
Spartans QB, Brandon Holland would see starting duties against his Falcons counterpart in Andrew Flett, who appeared to accel in the running back position as much as in his QB role with his 6’2”, 215 lb frame.
Brandon Holland stands in the line of defensive fire as he prepares to deliver the ball down field under pressure – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
The Falcons, electing to go with the ground game on the opening snap, would spread the field, backing up the Spartans defense. Defensive ends would set the tone to early in the game, forcing few gains at either end. The Spartans offensive side would strike a statement first as Holland, working his chemistry with his top receiver in Hayden Crothers, would find his lanky receiver down field. Lately, it hasn’t been the receptions that have made Crothers stand out as much, but his knack to make the opposing side miss tackles. In repeat of his last games performance, Crothers would bounce off a trio of Falcon defenders, running it in for his first of three majors on the afternoon, to put his team up 7-0.
Spartans Hayden Crothers would reel in this Holland pass and take it additional yards to open the game scoring. Crothers would finish with three TD’s on the afternoon in a loosing Spartans effort – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Holland would throw his first of three interceptions in the game, during the second quarter, when Falcons QB Flett, playing a defensive role, would step in front of an errant Holland pass. Flett, adept at the running with the ball would set up the Falcons on the Spartans eleven-yard line. Flett would then throw a strike to Matt Oye for the visiting teams first points in the game, taking some of the momentum away from the Spartans. A blocked conversion attempt would keep the Spartans ahead 7-6. Flett, hemmed in deep in his own end against a stingy Spartans defense, would find a side line release to Jordan Lund who would run 90 yards for the go ahead TD and a 12-7 lead.
Falcons QB Andrew Flett was composed all game long in delivering the Falcons win. With the win the Falcons improve to 5-0 – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
The Spartan’s Holland, able to keep up the offensive pressure, would offer the ball to Crothers for his second major of the game on a ten yard toss into the corner of the end zone to close the first half of play. The Spartans would enjoy a narrow 14-12 lead at the half.
After the Falcons defensive core would force the Spartans back into their own end zone to concede the safety in the third quarter, the Spartan’s Crothers would tally his third Td on another of his electrifying runs to it make a 20-14 Spartans lead.
Hayden Crothers would be stopped just short of the major on this satb at the end zone, but would eventually find the end zone 4 plays later. – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
The Falcon’s Xavion Fleary would take a two-yard Td pass from Flett early in the fourth quarter to start the Coquitlam comeback, pushing his team ahead 21-20 for the final lead change of the game. Two more Falcon touchdowns in the last three minutes of the game would stymy any Spartans comeback bid, giving the Coquitlam Falcon’s the 35-20 win and improving their record to 5-0.
Falcons Xavion Fleary was dangerous in the open field, giving his team a lift when yards were needed. – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
The Victoria Spartans fall to 3-3 and a tie for 4th place in the league.
Next up for the midget Spartans is a date with the 0-5 CCFA Bengals in an away game match up Oct 18th.
Bantam Spartans vs. NS Tigers
In the matinee game, the bantam Spartans kept pace with the league-leading South Delta Rams, defeating the North Surrey Tigers 23-7.
With the win, the second place bantam Spartans extended their winning streak to five games. The Spartans offense has enjoyed a +128 point differential against their opponents in their first six games of the season.
The Tigers tried to use any appendage necessary to stop the bantam Spartans from gaining any ground – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
The Spartans QB Jacob Jenish would throw two interceptions to go along with his three TD passes in the game to teammates Isaak Junghans, Joel Runkel, and Ryder Heaney-Corns for majors. Spartan Connor Way would have 2 picks and a fumble recovery in a strong defensive effort, all contributing to the winning cause.
Spartans QB Jake Jenish was masterful behind centre against the Tigers. Jenish would throw 3 TD passes to lift his team to the 23-7 win – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
The Tigers would get their only scoring on an interception and return of 70 yards for the TD by Jumiez Omerkodi late in the game despite a strong passing game by QB Isaiah Anderson and his talented running core.
Tiger’s Jumiez Omerkodi took on much of the running duties against the quick Spartans defensive core – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
A quick and aggressive Spartans defense was key in the outcome, keeping the Tigers ground attack to short yardage for most of the game.
Next up for the bantam Spartans is the third place North Langley Bears, in an away game October 18th, at McLeod Stadium.