Spartans on to provincial semifinal

By Mac Christie

The Carpenter High School football team is moving on to the provincial semifinal after a 16-7 road victory over the Lumsden Devils Oct. 29.

Wind was a factor in the game, characterized by Spartans coach Craig Paylor as a defensive battle.

“They were a really good team,” he said of Lumsden. “We just played a complete game all around.”

There was no scoring in the first quarter, but in the second the Spartans defence was able to pin Lumsden deep in their own territory.

The field position paid off, as Carpenter went up 6-0 on pass from quarterback Chase Paylor to Ronnie Goretzki.

Near the end of the first half the Spartans’ defence was able to give the offence the ball on the Lumsden 10-yard line. However, it was Lumsden’s turn for a defensive stand, stopping the Spartans at the 1.

Not to be outdone, the Carpenter defence didn’t give up a yard on the next series, and Lumsden conceded a safety to put the Spartans up 8-0.

The Spartans then put together a passing drive off the ensuing kickoff, culminating in another Paylor-to-Goretzki touchdown and a 15-0 lead at halftime.

Paylor said Lumsden came out strong in the second half, but the Spartans’ defence was able to match them.

But at the end of the third quarter Lumsden was able to get on the board with a touchdown on a 63-yard screen pass.

“Our boys keyed on the run and they threw a little wrinkle (at us),” Paylor explained. “It was a good play call on their behalf.”

The fourth quarter was a back-and-forth affair, with neither team able to score.

Then with 3:40 to play and a third-and-two on the Lumsden 5-yard line, the Spartans decided to punt for a single point, to put them up by nine.

“I think some people were a little perplexed about it,” Paylor said, “but it put the game into two scores.”

The defence was then able to stop Lumsden before Meadow Lake ran out the clock for the win.

The Spartans will now face the Melfort Comets Nov. 3 at 1 p.m. in Melfort.

Although Carpenter beat Melfort 17-14 in exhibition play, Paylor expects them to be a different team.

“We’re going to have to be at our best again,” he said. “We’ll sit down with the kids and study film, get them prepared as best we can.”


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