RIVERVIEW — After being held to 50 total yards in the first half, Spoto controlled the ball in the second half of its home opener to beat Lennard 22-6 and improve to 2-0.
Derrick Curtis scored on runs of 10 and 5 yards in the second half, sandwiched around a 42-yard scoring pass to Kobe Smith from quarterback Jerson Singleton.
Spoto ran 44 plays in the second half compared with 22 for Lennard. The Longhorns had the ball for just 10:04 of the last 30 minutes of the game.
KEY PLAY(S): Lennard led 6-0 and ended Spoto's first second-half possession with an interception in the end zone. However, Spartans senior safety Demetrius Thurman intercepted a pass at Lennard's 24-yard line one play later to give Spoto a short field. It was the first time Spoto started a possession beyond its 40. Five plays later, Spoto got its first points on a 10-yard run by Curtis.
KEY DRIVE: Leading 8-6, Spoto embarked on a game-securing 11-play, 95-yard drive that ate up 5:20 on the clock and culminated in Smith's touchdown catch.
STARS OF THE GAME: Brandon Henry took a handoff from quarterback Justice Martin on a read-option play, shed a tackler as he got around the right end and outran everyone for a 63-yard touchdown run that gave Lennard a 6-0 lead with 3:44 left in the second quarter. He finished with 82 yards on 13 carries. … The Lennard defense held Spoto to 50 first-half yards, including minus-2 yards passing, before tiring. … Spoto junior Kobe Smith followed up his 144-yard effort (12 carries) against Strawberry Crest with 19 yards on 10 carries. Curtis finished with 80 yards on 17 carries, both team bests.
FINAL WORD I: "We didn't really make any adjustments (at halftime). We thought (Lennard) was getting tired, so we wanted to keep doing the same things we had been doing. The kids believed in it. We have done a lot of conditioning, and the kids are fully in shape and were ready to go." David Searfoss, Spoto coach
FINAL WORD II: "We need to get off the field on defense, getting them to punt. One of the things we are struggling with is what I call demeanor. We always feel like every defeat is the biggest defeat. They haven't learned yet that it is just one play and there are more to come." Matt Kitchie, Lennard coach