Spartans shell out second half win

By Andrea Camarena

The Spartans and Aztecs both played a rough game on Friday, Oct. 20. Strathmore was paralyzed by penalties in the first half while Farmersville offense had trouble executing pass plays throughout the game. The Spartans endured to take a massive 44-7 win over the visiting 0-8 Aztecs.

Despite the score, Strathmore didn't fire up until the second half, allowing Farmersville to score first and pick up a short-lived 7-0 lead.

After a scoreless and sloppy first quarter, Farmersville recovered a Spartan fumble on Strathmore's first offensive play of the second to gain control on Strathmore's 21-yard line. A few plays later, at the 10:33 mark, Farmersville's David Mariscal broke through Strathmore's defense for an 8-yard touchdown run.

The Spartans answered the touchdown quickly when quarterback Jake Duffin tossed the ball to Keith Delk who scored on a 48 yard run with 9:44 on the clock.

After the ball exchanged hands a few more times, Strathmore jumped ahead with another Delk touchdown. This time, he ran the ball 38 yards to end the half 14-7.

The Spartans came back from the halftime break a new and rejuvenated team. Strathmore went on to run over Farmersville's defense scoring four more touchdowns and a safety.

&#8220Talent-wise we're easily No. 1 or 2 in the league,” Strathmore coach Jeromy Blackwell said. &#8220We played a horrible first half against Farmersville. The second half we came out and did what we had to do. But great halves don't win playoff games.”

In the third quarter, Delk made a four yard run for the score at 11:27. Shortly after, Victor Ceballos picked up a safety on a blocked punt by Farmersville. With only three minutes left in the third, Brennan Hazen scored on a 41-yard punt return. The Spartans ran up the score when Jon Gomez ran in the conversion to stretch the lead to 30-7. Billy Jones ended the third with a huge sack on Farmersville quarterback Amador Madrigal.

In the fourth quarter, Strathmore's Hector Gomez started things off with a 44-yard touchdown reception from Duffin. And Bobby Ramirez finished up the scoring with a one-yard dive into the end zone with 4:30 left in the game.

&#8220I thought Jake Duffin played a pretty good game. It was one of his best passing affairs of the season,” Blackwell said.

Duffin completed six of eight passes for 138 yards and two touchdowns. His top receiver for the night was Delk with two receptions for 65 yards.

Delk broke the school record for single season rushing on his way to picking up 179 yards on 25 carries. It was 1,161 yards and Delk now totals 1260.

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