By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.– It wasn’t the way Sprague High School Football wanted to end their season Friday Night at home against Sunset.
But they sure as heck put up a fight with a second half rally in their 34-27 loss to the Apollos as they said farewell to the Olympic Stadium for the football season.
“I think our spark was (that) we didn’t want to give up,” said senior Running Back Anthony Nunn. “Our Second string Quarterback, Spencer Plant, stepped up real big and set a tempo for us and got us going.”
Down 20-0 with five minutes to go before halftime, Sunset looked to add to their already large lead before a David Prosser interception-for-six and a missed extra point brought the Olympians to within two scores of the Apollos.
Exiting the half, a new face took over at quarterback.
Sophomore Spencer Plant.
Behind Plant, the Olys drove from their own 30 that resulted in a touchdown pass to Austin Kleinman.
20-14 Sunset lead.
The Apollos scored in the third quarter only to have Plant rally the troops with a seven-yard roll out play by Plant. Plant would turn to his arm again following a defensive stop as senior running back Anthony Nunn powered it in for the tying score from two-yards out.
Sunset would take the lead on their ensuring offensive drive, and with time running out, Sprague tried to rally one last time to force at least overtime in this playoff opener.
Plant would take the snap and got hit by a Apollo defender and fumbled the ball with two minutes left in the game as Sunset recovered and burned the rest of the clock.
After the game, Nunn shared some thoughts about the sophomores and juniors who are about to lead this team during the 2016 season.
“We had a lot of juniors and sophomores play this year,” Nunn said. “We will be young next year, but they will surprised people. They work real hard and I will be proud of them next year.”
Anthony Nunn contributed to this report.
Jeremy McDonald is a professional sports journalist in the Salem/Portland area and is a member of the Society of Professional Journalist in Oregon with B.S. degrees from Southern Oregon University in Journalism (2011) and Health/PE (2013). Got a story idea? Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @J_McDonald81!
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