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Offense Falls in Niagara Preseason Loss

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Sep. 17, 2017

Offense Falls in Niagara Preseason Loss

On Friday, the Lorne Park Spartans wrapped up the preseason with a 7-6 loss to the St. Paul Patriots at Kiwanis Field in Niagara Falls.

The Spartans defense was sensational in this one, tallying three sacks and two interceptions, one of which was a pick-six. 

After giving up a touchdown on St. Paul's opening drive, which was aided by 45 penalty yards, the Lorne Park defense locked down the Patriots for the remainder of the evening.

Spartans head coach and defensive coordinator Scott Price praised the defensive effort, but cautioned against anyone getting ahead of themselves.  "We still made a lot of mistakes today," said Price, "and for the second week in a row we let our opponent open with a 10-plus play touchdown drive."

The Lorne Park offense, meanwhile, was non-existent.  The Spartans didn't record a first down until the third quarter, failed to register a point, and took a sack on the two-point convert attempt following their defensive touchdown.

"We embarrassed ourselves today," said Lorne Park offensive coordinator Ben Grant, "and we let our defense down.  They gave us every opportunity to win the game, and we couldn't even produce a first down, let alone a single point."

After the Patriots scored on their opening drive, neither team was able to move the ball for the rest of the half. 

Early in the third quarter, DB Ryan Gibbons jumped in front of a pass into the flats and took it 50 yards for the score. 

The Spartans decided to go for two, but the coverage was good and QB Christian Smodis was sacked for the fifth time. 

Lorne Park finally got moving in the fourth quarter with RB Jakob Page slashing through the Patriots defense for significant yardage, but they couldn't quite get into field goal range and they eventually ran out of time.

The Spartans open the regular season at St. Marguerite d'Youville on Friday at noon.  Lorne Park defeated the Panthers last season 21-14 in The Cage, but d'Youville was able to rebound and make it all the way to the 2016 ROPSSAA Championship before bowing out to the St. Marcellinus Spirit.




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