The Sparta Spartans and West Catholic Falcons have been conference foes since 2008 with the exception of two seasons. In those 11 seasons, West Catholic won all nine meetings against the Spartans. Many of these battles were one-sided, and this Friday’s matchup fit that bill as well. The only difference was that for the first time ever, Sparta was able to defeat West Catholic, a 48-7 victory over the Falcons.
Jakel Davis had a phenomenal night running the football for Sparta. Halfway through the first quarter, he scored his first touchdown of the game from 13 yards out. With 0:24 to play in the first quarter, he found the end zone again from 33 yards to give the Spartans a 14-0 lead after twelve minutes.
Sparta really exploded in the second quarter, scoring three touchdowns. Davis was able to score his third touchdown of the night when he broke free from 25 yards out. The defense joined in on the fun when Logan Tidey stepped in front of a pass, and he ran it 30 yards back to the end zone for another score. Deondray Thomas’ 60 yard touchdown run late in the first half gave the Spartans a 35-0 lead as they entered the locker room.
With a running clock in effect as the second half started, neither team was able to score in the third quarter. Sparta pushed their lead to 42-0 when Davis found the end zone for a fourth time, this one from one yard out. Dante Wurster got his first big run of the night when he broke off a 36 yarder that reached the end zone to give Sparta a 48 point lead. Before things were over, West Catholic was able to find the end zone. Spencer Zobro found an open Brayden Schoonbeck for a 45 yard touchdown to prevent the shutout.
Sparta is now 4-1 on the season and 2-1 in the OK Blue. They will be back in action next week as they take on Coopersville in another league contest. For West Catholic, the panic button has officially been pressed. This is back to back losses by at least 40 points for the first time since 1967 (when they lost to Catholic Central by 47 and Ottawa Hills by 61). They are 1-4 on the season, and they will need to win out to have any chance at extending their 16-year playoff streak. This task will begin next week against Spring Lake.