Pinned deep in its territory and unable to move the ball in the second half, Spoto found just enough offense in the final four minutes to pull out a heart-stopping 10-7 victory over Alonso on Friday night.
Behind a spectacular, tippy-toed dance along the sideline that turned into a 43-yard run by Jamar Burns, the Spartans moved into position for Carlos Andrade, a first-year kicker who banged a 23-yard field goal through the uprights as time expired.
Spoto (2-0) went 77 yards in 10 plays after stopping Alonso and forcing a punt with 3:56 to go. Burns' run came on the first play. Charles Waits, Danny Taylor and Burns then proceeded to break holes in the Alonso defensive line to keep the sticks moving.
"Best drive ever," said linebacker and fullback Rodney Williams.
Burns went over 100 yards rushing for the night on the drive to secure a victory the Spartans defense deserved.
They held the usually-prolific Alonso passing attack led by C.J. Bennett to 170 yards, as John Adkins had three sacks and Donald Smith had two interceptions, including one in the end zone in the first half to stymie Alonso's best drive of the game.
Spoto led 7-0 at halftime on James Brown's 2-yard run, and Bennett finally hooked up with Jesse Anaya on a 17-yard score in the fourth quarter to tie it.