By Cole Weinstein
After a deflating loss to the Salesian Mustangs, the Spartans appeared as a team in flux. Starting the season, they had a dominant win over Verbum Dei in their first game and a disappointing loss to Salesian in their second game. With a record of 1-1, Week 3 against the Glendale High Nitros looked to be the game to define the Spartan’s identity. Luckily, the team came to play.
Winning by a score of 22-9 with 320 total offensive yards and 7 takeaways, the Spartans played a solid game from top to bottom.
“We had some fantastic picks. Our defense kept giving us the ball,” said workhorse running back Ryan Breneman whose 171 yard rushing performance and 2 touchdowns have become the norm.
“We always pride ourselves on having the most dominant defense in the league. We have talent all the way around,” said Andrew Gunter.
Gunter and Andrew Sarceda combined for 2 of the 3 Spartan interceptions in the contest against the Nitros.
The Spartans were unfortunately plagued by injuries. Jake Harb, Austin Olivares, Daivon Grayson, and Tyler Breneman were out to begin the game. Andrew Sarceda, Luke Johnson, Bryce Benton, Ryan Breneman, David Vardanian and Raffi Hairapetian all left the game at some point in the game because of injury. Mikey Selsor, who is competing for the starting quarterback job against Daniel McGowin, left the game with a dislocated left shoulder.
When asked if the injury would be serious, Mikey replied, “No, I should be fine. I'll play next week.”
Despite the many injuries, the Spartans triumphed with a much needed win.
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