Spartans Hold On For First Win

Augustine Dashiell July 26 2009

Spartan running back Duquan Gray eludes Rob Izzo enroute to a short gain.

PORT READING – After a week of turmoil, the New Jersey Spartans held on to defeat the Woodbridge Bulldogs 15-13 in RAFL action in Port Reading. The on the field win is a small step to the Spartans, as the first quarter of the season proved challenging.
“It feels good to get the first win, but it feels better to show everybody that the New Jersey Spartan football program and organization is a lot better than what we displayed in our first two weeks. I’m not even talking about on the field,” Spartan coach, Kevin Moss said.
The Spartans retooled their personnel during the week and the results showed on the field last night. Linebacker Tim Davis led a recharged defense by intercepting a pass, (returning it for a touchdown) recovering a fumble and anchoring the middle of the stingy Spartan defense that limited the Bulldogs to 20 yards on the ground.
“People really showed up honestly, after whatever happened in game one and game two, with the two losses and experiencing (the record) 0-2, I think it put more of a fight in us,” Davis said.
Davis said his play was simply teamwork all around making sure credit went everywhere.
“It was the call to the coaches and the d-line and the safeties, everybody was in position. My d-line applied the pressure and I just happened to get it (the interception),” Davis said.
Davis’ return pushed the Spartan lead to 9-0 just before the half. It was during the half, the Bulldogs experience a little turmoil of their own.
“Sometimes you have to get the squares out the circle, literally,” Coach Wayne Dabney said. “We had to make some personnel decisions at the end of half time, once we did that you saw what happened, how we played in the end. Had we gotten id of them earlier we might have put up 28 points, but that’s a good team over there.”
The changes paid off, after giving up

a half-opening drive to the Spartans, the Bulldogs responded late in the third quarter with a 1-yard plunge by fullback Shamar Jackson. The entire half the Bulldog defense held off the Spartans after the Spartans moved the ball behind the passing of Vincent Barr. Barr’s primary receiver, Shakiyl Blakely finished with 132 yards on four receptions.
Phil Zuena recovered a Duquan Gray fumble at the 5-yard line halting a Spartan drive and providing a chance for the Bulldogs. Bulldog quarterback Mike Onaga swiftly moved the Bulldogs downfield, finishing the drive with a 26-yard pass to Tyree Horne. The Bulldogs attempt at tying the score failed as running back Robert Cheese failed to cross the goal line.
Rob Izzo provided the Bulldogs another chance by intercepting Barr at the 4-yard line and returning it to the 42. The Spartan defense rose to the occasion forcing an incompletion on fourth down to regain possession and run out the clock.

Coach Moss seemed both relieved and proud this week has finally come and sees this as a springboard for the rest of the season for the Spartans as an organization.

“We had moments where high levels of frustration, things come out, but as you guys seen, we understand who did wrong and I’m thankful for the help of my assistant coach (Rich Besset) and GM (Charmaine Ambrose),” Moss said. “It’s only two coaches here, we can’t drag these grown men off the field. What we can do is, as soon as we are done, you (unruly players) done, because we can’t let them embarrass the RAFL or New Jersey Spartans.”

1 2 3 4 Total
Spartans (1-2) 0 9 6 0 15
Bulldogs (0-3) 0 0 7 6 13
2nd Quarter
S – Mandell 30 yard field goal 7:40
S – Davis 60 yard interception return (kick failed) 8:30
3rd Quarter
S – Fronjian 12 yard pass from #10 (kick failed) 3:12
B – Jackson 1 yard run (LeComte kick) 14:45
4th Quarter
B – Horne 26 yard pass from Onaga (run failed) 5:27
Rushing
Att Yds Ave TD Fum
Spartans Barr 11 67 6.1 0 0
Gray 9 48 5.3 0 0
Stokes 3 27 9.0 0 0
Cooper 1 3 3.0 0 0
Graham 1 0 0.0 0 0
Team 25 145 5.8 0 0
Bulldogs Cheese 11 31 2.8 0 1
Jackson 2 0 0.0 1 0
Onaga 6 -11 -1.8 0 0
Team 19 20 1.1 1 1
Receiving
Rec Yds Ave TD Fum
Spartans Blakely 4 132 33.0 0 1
Strieby 4 50 12.5 0 0
Fronjian 1 12 12.0 1 0
Stokes 1 12 12.0 0 0
Team 10 206 20.6 1 1
Bulldogs Murphy 4 50 12.5 0 0
Gianvecchio 3 26 8.7 0 0
Mehorter 2 45 22.5 0 0
Horne 1 26 26.0 1 0
Bailey 1 18 18.0 0 0
Robinson 1 13 13.0 0 0
Jackson 1 4 4.0 0 0
Team 13 182 14.0 1 0
Return yards: Spartans 5-64 Bulldogs 5-52
Penalty yards: Spartans 6-55 Bulldogs 4-20

Article courtesy of plainfieldsportsnews.com

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