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Boyd County vs Creighton
The Spartans had a great challenge in front of them on Thursday night as the #1 team in the state came to town. The Bulldogs had a great start, taking the opening kickoff 79 yards all the way back for a touchdown. The Spartans were quick to respond, on our first possession we drove all the way back down the field and punched in a touchdown and PAT of our own to tie the game up at 8 apiece. The Creighton offense then went on a scoring run of 29 points before the Spartans came up with a timely drive and response before halftime. With the clock running and no timeouts, the Spartans drove to the Bulldog 12 yard line, on 3rd and short, the Spartans had to spike the ball to stop the clock. With only a few seconds left in the half, the Spartans had only one shot to get to the end zone. Our QB was able to avoid pressure and found a teammate in the back of the end zone wide open. The halftime score read 37-14 in favor of the Bulldogs. The second half saw the Bulldogs put up 20 unanswered points to finish the game. We had our second highest offensive yardage gained this season against the #1 team in the state. In what ended up being a very emotional challenging week, our boys responded well and left it all out on the field on Thursday. Unfortunately, after finishing the regular season with a 4-4 record, we did not qualify for the playoffs. This team has a lot to be proud of and should hold their head high. The senior class proved to be great leaders for our younger Spartans and will definitely be missed next season. I feel like they paved the groundwork for future Spartans to come through the program and continue to build it up to where it needs to be.
Thank you seniors, players, managers, coaches, parents, administration, and transportation; for all the time, effort, and energy put in this year for a great and memorable season.
Boyd County vs Ainsworth
On Friday, October 12th the Spartans traveled to Ainsworth to take on the Bulldogs under the lights. We had a great start to the game, forcing a three-and-out for Ainsworth on their first possession, forcing them to punt from deep. The Spartan defenders were able to block the punt, but couldn’t recover the ball, Ainsworth recovered but was still tackled in the end zone for a safety. The next few possessions each didn’t see any scores. By halftime, the Spartans had missed out on scoring on two different trips to the red zone, but still had a 10-8 lead. The second half saw Ainsworth go on an 18-0 run, turning the score to a 26-10 lead for the Bulldogs during the 4th quarter. We had our backs to the wall and had to come out swinging. The Spartans scored on a 57 yard touchdown pass with less than a minute in the game. The two-point conversion attempt was successful, trimming the lead to a 26-18 Bulldog advantage. We tried an onside kick and recovered to set up the Spartan offense. The very next play was a 20 yard scramble out of bounds to stop the clock. 1st and 10 Boyd County, at the Bulldog 20; 12 seconds left in the game. The next play was a bad snap exchange, resulting in a fumble with Ainsworth recovering. Ball game. Despite a season high in total yardage gained, we just beat ourselves too much to be able to win the game. The fact that we were able to bounce back after giving up a lead, falling so far behind, and never giving up during the game; should make everyone proud of this football team.
Boyd County vs West Holt
The Spartans came ready to play on Friday against the West Holt Huskies. We played aggressive on defense all night; finishing with 8 fumble recoveries, 1 interception, 6 tackles for a loss, and 2 sacks. We came out with great intensity, focus, and determination against West Holt. We’ll travel to face Ainsworth for yet another homecoming game on Friday, October 12th. The Spartans will be looking to take their game up a notch and compete against a tough Bulldog squad.
Boyd County vs Niobrara-Verdigre
The Spartans were able to bounce back this last week and get a homecoming win over the Niobrara-Verdigre Cougars. The Spartans played a very physical and intense defense all night long. We were able to get 4 interceptions, recover 2 fumbles, and we finally blocked a punt in this game. This is the kind of defense we’ve been waiting for this team to show, forcing turnovers and winning the field position battle will let you win a lot of ball games. This week the Spartans will go on the road and hopefully come away with their first win streak of the season as they face a very tough rival in the West Holt Huskies in Atkinson.
Boyd County JH vs Niobrara-Verdigre JH
The Boyd County Junior High team played their first game of the season on Monday, September 10th. Boyd County came out on top with a win 20-0!
Boyd County vs North Central
The Spartans had as good of a start to a game as a team could wish for on Friday, September 21st against the North Central Knights. Boyd County opened the game by kicking off into the end zone for a touchback. Then North Central’s quick explosive offense took the field, on the very first play from scrimmage North Central’s QB was picked off by a Spartan defender for an interception. After that series the Spartans just couldn’t match the intensity and physicality of North Central who was ready for their homecoming game. North Central is a very good team and will go on to win a lot of games this season. They were a good challenge for the Spartans, we just didn’t answer the call. The Spartans will look to improve as a team this week as they play Niobrara/Verdigre for homecoming Friday Night.
Boyd County vs Madison
The Dragons came out breathing fire to start the game. After a minimal kick return, the Dragons used a trick play on the very first play of the game and scored on a long pass play. The Spartans responded very well and played a very physical brand of football all night long. The Spartan defense held the Dragon running game to only 98 yards rushing on 27 attempts. We were able to keep their running back (Class C-1 All-District) to 94 of those yards. After that first score, the Dragons never got back inside the red zone. The Spartans again won the turnover battle in the game and were able to put in two scores of their own to seal the 14-6 win. The team will enjoy a much needed bye week this week and will come out next Friday against a very talented North Central Knights team.
Boyd County vs Stuart
Consistency was the key to the game Friday night against Stuart. At times the Spartans were able to move the ball on offense and while on defense, shut Stuart’s explosive offense down. There were times when we had a play developing and a Stuart defender slipped off a block to make a tackle. Stuart proved to be a tough match-up and the Spartans needed consistent effort and focus all night from all eight players on the field to be successful. We were just too inconsistent to win the game.
Maybe riding a little high after a week 1 overtime thrilling win, the Spartans never really got going on Friday against Start. The teams battled back and forth for almost a full quarter before Stuart’s offense heated up. The Broncos rattled off 36 points before the Spartans added their 8 to the game.
This week will prove to be another challenging game for the Spartans as they face a C1 sized school playing 8-man football, the Madison Dragons.
Boyd County vs St. Mary’s
The Spartans truly were on a roller coaster Friday night against St. Mary’s. After both teams took a couple possessions each to get a groove for each other it was St. Mary’s striking first on a long pass play. The Spartans picked their heads up and went to work, scoring three straight touchdowns to take a 20-6 lead. Then St. Mary’s went on a big run of their own, scoring 22 straight points to take a 28-20 lead with just over 7 minutes left to play in the game. That’s when the Boyd County players put together a scoring drive for the ages. After failing to field the kick the Spartans started the possession on their own 15 yard line. The Spartans ran off 6 minutes and 45 seconds off the game clock while going 65 yards to tie the game up. With only 15 seconds left, a Spartan interception kept the Cardinals from a game winner and extra time was needed to determine a winner. In overtime, the Cardinals scored a touchdown but failed the conversion. On 4th and goal from the 1 foot line, Jared Koenig snuck into the end zone to tie it up. The two point conversion run by Koenig sealed the OT win for Boyd County.