Football loses first rival game of the season

Spartans fall to Francis Howell North 35-14

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Belle Herrera

Spartans took on the Knights at Howell North last friday, resulting in a loss and a final score of 35-14. Spartan touchdowns were scored by sophomore wide receiver Connor Riebel in the first and fourth quarters.

First quarter started with spartans receiving the opening kickoff. Junior Jackson Berck completed a 20 yard touchdown pass to Riebel, starting the game off Central 7 and North 0. However, North came back quickly, scoring two touchdowns before the quarter ended.

Spartans felt the pressure from Howell North as the Knights completed a 75 yard touchdown run followed by a pick six, in the second quarter. The team entered the second half down 28-7, and took on another touchdown from the Knights in the third quarter.

Riebel scores another touchdown after a pass from Berck with 6:04 left in the fourth quarter, changing the score to FHN 35 FHC 14. Spartans turned the ball over on the 13 yard line with 20 seconds left in the game but were unable to score another touchdown, leaving the score 35-14 Howell North.

Senior running back Jordon Cooper said, “energy was really high because North is a big rival and that’s the game we want to win. That was a winnable game, we just didn’t perform to what we are capable of doing.”

“We were really pumped up, we wanted to make an upset,” sophomore corner and wide receiver Kamron Outlaw said. But that was not all it took to win the game. “If we could’ve stopped the big runs and prevented the interception, it would’ve changed the whole outcome” Outlaw said.

The Spartans take on Fort Zumwalt West September 25th at 7:00 pm for their homecoming game.