Springfield’s quick strike offense and smothering defense proved to be too much for Lima Senior as the Wildcats downed the Spartans 46-6 in a non league affair Saturday night.
After playing the Wildcats tight for the first half and down, 13-6 early in the third quarter, the Wildcats exploded for 20 points in a little more than four minutes in the third quarter to take control of the game. Springfield added two fourth quarter score.
Lima Senior drops to 1-1 on the season and Springfield improved to 2-0. Both teams missed last week due to Covid issues. This game was scheduled midway through the week.
Springfield, who has made the state semifinals the past two years and was coming off a win over Cleveland St. Ignatious in the opening week showed why behind all-state quarterback Te’Sean Smoots.
Smoots, who is being looked at by a number of Division I, schools finished the game with 19 carries for 145 yards and two touchdowns and was 7 of 20 with one touchdown and one interception through the air.
Smoots was responsible for the Wildcats’ first two scores in the first half when he ran one in from 43 yards and another from 8 yards out. The first came on Springfield’s first drive and the second touchdown capped off a 52 yard drive with 18 seconds left in the second quarter. Smoot tossed for a 29 yard touchdown in the third quarter.
The Lima Senior defense did its best to fend off the talented Wildcat quarterback and two interception and two sacks, but the elusive Smoots, coupled with a big line in front of him, made the big plays when they had to.
Springfield racked up 379 total offensive yards.
The Spartan offense, which looked impressive in its opener over Bowsher when it scored 60 points, failed to find its footing against a tough Wildcat defense.
Spartan sophomore Zavion Garner got the start at quarterback for the first time this season and struggled, going 3-for-7 with 2 yards and he rushed for 2 yards on 6 carries.
Lima Senior’s Aiden Howard came in relief and started the second half and provided a small spark in the Spartan offense when he drove the Spartans’ to paydirt on the first possession of the third quarter.
Facing a second and 15 at their own 15 yard line, Howard dumped a pass to Kamar Johnson who rumbled down to the Wildcat 9-yard. Three plays later Howard bulled his way in from the one.
But Howard’s success was short-lived as he finished the game, 3 for 8 with 80 yards and one interception.
For the game, Lima Senior managed 27 yards on the ground and 80 yards through the air.
Reach Jose Nogueras at 567-242-0451.