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0-0 Tie Stings Spartans at Stormy Suzuki

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Oct. 1, 2017

0-0 Tie Stings Spartans at Stormy Suzuki

With wind speeds ranging from 50kph-80kph, and a relentless rain hammering down, the weather was the main story as the Lorne Park Spartans and David Suzuki Grizzlies battled to a 0-0 draw on Friday night in The Grizzly Den.

With neither team able to throw with any sort of accuracy in the storm, both teams ran the ball, generally electing not to punt on third and long due to the difficulty long-snapping a slippery ten-pound ball in hurricane-force winds.

The Spartans threatened for most of the first quarter, advancing repeatedly into the redzone only to be turned over on downs each time.  Long runs from Frank Mensah and Jakob Page were followed by fumbled snaps and penalties.

The Grizzlies made their charge late in the first half, getting all the way down to the Lorne Park 5-yard line, but like the Spartans, they came away empty handed.

The weather was at its worst in the third quarter, and neither team was able to get into scoring range with most of the action happening at midfield.

The fourth quarter was dominated by the Spartans, but they still couldn't light up the scoreboard. 

With under a minute left in the game, the Spartans were in a first and goal situation on the 10-yard line.  RB Jakob page took the ball up the middle and forced his way into the endzone for the touchdown.  The celebration was short-lived, however, as a late flag for holding pushed Lorne Park back to the 20.

On four occasions from inside the 30-yard line, Lorne Park punted for the winning rouge, but a mishap on each occasion left them with nothing.  One snap sailed over the punter's head, one bounced around on its way to the punter who was tackled after securing the ball, one was partially blocked and rolled to a stop short of the endzone, and the remaining punt was pulled violently out of bounds by the wind.

The Spartans pounded out 215 yards on the ground compared to 16 rushing yards for the Grizzlies, but Lorne Park made up the difference in penalty yardage.

"It was a frustrating night," said Lorne Park head coach Scott Price.  "Both teams had to contend with the weather, so there's no excuse there.  We moved the ball well and played great defensively, but at the end of the day we just couldn't get it done offensively or on special teams when it mattered most."

The Spartans (1-0-1) host St. Roch (1-1) this Thursday afternoon, while the Grizzlies (0-1-1) travel to St. Thomas Aquinas to take on the Cardinals (0-1).

 

 

 

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