By Andrea Camarena

A big first half was more than enough to get a homecoming win for Strathmore on Friday night. In homecoming glory, the Spartans hosted and defeated the Woodlake Tigers 17-28 despite being held scoreless in the second half.

It was another running night as the Spartans picked up 239 yards on 28 carries and added 127 yards by air.

The Tigers kept the game alive scoring in the fourth quarter and refusing to lie down.

Woodlake started the game on fire, driving their first possession deep into Strathmore territory behind the passing of quarterback Matt McMillan who threw for a 34-yard incomplete touchdown pass attempt.

But Strathmore soon took control of the game, recovering a fumble on the next play to start their first drive on their own 39-yard line.

Strathmore wasted no time. On their very first play on their first possession, Spartan quarterback, Jake Duffin, handed off to running sensation Keith Delk, who carried the ball 61-yards into the endzone to put the score at 7-0 with 7:38 left in the first quarter.

Starting their next offensive drive, the Tigers stayed aggressive and charged into Spartan territory using both short pass and run plays. Woodlake's Steven Tindle capped off the drive with a 3-yard touchdown run to bring the score to 7-6 with less than two minutes left in the first quarter.

The Tigers looked to keep their momentum heading into the second quarter. McMillan intercepted a Duffin pass to take back possession on his own 40-yard line. But the glory didn't last long as Strathmore's AJ Knight intercepted McMillan's first pass to put the ball on Woodlake's 20 yard line.

On the first offensive snap, the Spartans handed off to Delk who ran it 80 yards for his second touchdown of the night. Topping it off, Delk completed a pass to Victor Ceballos for the conversion making the score 15-6. It was Delk's 12th touchdown of the year making him the second highest scoring player in the section.

This time, the Tigers couldn't dig up an answer.

When Strathmore regained possession, Duffin gave a passing clinic and connected with Hector Gomez for a 57-yard touchdown completion with eight minutes left in the half.

On Woodlake's first play of their next possession, the Strathmore defense put out another aggressive performance with Knight picking up another fumble recovery on his own 35-yard line.

On Strathmore's next drive, Delk ran the ball up to Woodlake's 45-yard line and left the field with an injury.

Duffin pushed the Spartans forward and delivered a 12-yard touchdown pass to Jonathan Gomez stretching the lead to 28-6 at halftime.

In the third quarter, Woodlake held Strathmore scoreless as they charged into Strathmore's field. Woodlake's Travis Acosta made a field goal for the only scoring of the quarter.

In the fourth, McMillan completed a 36-yard touchdown pass to Thomas Navarro with just under 10 minutes left on the clock. Both teams battled with aggressive defense for the rest of the game. Woodlake's Tindle picked up a sack while Knight had two more interceptions.

Knight had a season high for interceptions with three.

&#8220We played great,” Knight said. &#8220We still have some kinks but we're good to go. We should be able to finish a game next week. We've got to learn how to finish a game.”

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