Battling the Spartans
by Jordan Thurn
“Hard work in spring pays off,” Devonte Mackey said. With a rocky start, the Dreadnaughts took on the Lakewood High School Spartans at Bryant stadium Thursday night, May 31, in their annual spring game, winning 34-12.
The Spartans took the lead early in the first quarter with 8:08 left on the clock when they passed the ball for a touchdown from 60-yards down the field, making the score 0-6, as special teams blocked the extra point attempt, where the score remained until the half.
On the first offensive play of the second half, Robert Smith ran the ball 60-yards for an LHS touchdown with 11:48 on the clock. Kicker, Caleb Hough, completed the extra point attempt to give the Naughts the lead, 7-6. During their next possession, the Naughts fumbled and gave the ball up to Lakewood who returned the ball 82 yards to score a defensive touchdown, bringing the score to 7-12, after another blocked extra point attempt.
Defensive players then shined with two scores back to back. DJ Alexander blocked a Lakewood punt that Trey Threat picked up and ran 25 yards for a touchdown with 52 seconds remaining in the third quarter, bringing the score to 13-12. Ten seconds later, Jalen Stevenson intercepted a screen pass and ran it into the end zone to score with 42 second remaining in the quarter, bringing the score to 20-12. “[Scoring the touchdown] was exciting,” Stevenson said, “We’ve got everybody coming back, were going to be a really strong defense [this season].”
In the fourth quarter, with 5:08 left on the clock, Isaiah Walker passed the ball to Jacquan Foster 19-yards to score, making it 27-12. Ra’Don Dwight scored the last Dreadnaught touchdown with 2:06 left in the game, bringing the final score to 34-12.
“We have a lot of young players getting their first varsity experience tonight, defense did a great job and it was a great start to the season,” Coach John Flath said.
The team will continue to practice through the summer and will begin the fall season with their annual Kickoff Classic against Lake Gibson.