SPRING CREEK - The Spring Creek Spartan football players knew they had a tough task ahead when they hosted league-leading Fallon for their homecoming game.
The Greenwave proved to be as tough as advertised, cruising to a 60-14 victory Friday night at Spartan Field.
“Give Fallon credit, they’re an explosive team,” Spring Creek coach Joel Jund said. “They just out-speeded and ’out-athleted’ us.”
Fallon jumped on Spring Creek right away, returning the opening kickoff for a touchdown to go up 7-0 in the first 14 seconds.
Spring Creek answered back with a long drive, covering 83 yards with an up-tempo attack that appeared to keep the Fallon defense off balance. The Spartans converted two fourth downs on the drive and took an 8-7 lead on a short Braxton Williams rushing touchdown and ensuing conversion.
The momentum seemed to be in Spring Creek’s favor following the touchdown as Fallon bobbled a kickoff and had to start from its own 15-yard line. However, After a Spring Creek offsides penalty, Fallon running back Trent Tarner burst around the outside for an 80-yard score to put his team up for good at 14-8.
The Spartans punted on their next possession, but held Fallon to a turnover on downs before having to punt once more. Fallon nearly broke a touchdown on that punt, but scored on the ensuing drive anyway to take a 21-8 lead with nine minutes left in the half.
Fallon tight end and kickoff specialist Beau Marshall was ejected during the touchdown drive after two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties, but by then Fallon had a commanding lead.
Fallon added two more touchdowns in the remainder of the second quarter, despite a red zone interception by Payden Shafer, to take a 35-8 lead into halftime.
The Spring Creek fans got something to cheer about during the halftime break when Gretchen Plank was named homecoming queen, but Fallon got back to building its lead as soon as the second half resumed.
Tarner added two more touchdowns and quarterback Morgan Dirickson threw for two more as the Greenwave rattled off the second half’s first 25 points, in spite of a running clock instituted in the fourth quarter with the score at 54-8.
Fallon, which kept its offensive starters on the field during the whole game, added another touchdown in the fourth quarter to take a 60-8 lead with three minutes left.
Spring Creek added a consolation touchdown when Williams plunged into the end zone on the game’s final play to make the final score 60-14.
Despite the lopsided result, Jund was happy with the effort shown by his Spartans.
“We had a winning effort tonight,” he said. “I’ll take a winning effort even if we don’t win on the scoreboard.”
The loss was the fourth straight for Spring Creek, which fell to 2-4 with the result. Fallon moved to 6-0 on the season and maintained sole possession of first place in the Northern I-A.