The Minnesota State Community and Technical College Spartans played a hard fought game on Saturday, against Vermilion, but they fell short in the fourth quarter losing the game 28-7.
The Spartan defense dominated during the first three quarters. The defensive effort was led by Benito Speight and Alfonso Battle who both recorded interceptions and numerous pass breakups in the game. The Spartan defense held the explosive Vermillion Ironmen offense to 6 points through the first three quarters. Unfortunately, in the fourth quarter, fatigue set in for the Spartans, and Vermilion capitalized with three unanswered touchdowns.
The Spartans offense had a stronger start than last week. They rushed the ball over 120 yards with running back's Myh'ael Chavis and Dion Muneryln leading offensive efforts. Quarterback Marcus Davis had a strong game against the aggressive Ironmen defense. The Spartans scored a touchdown when Marcus Davis threw a 32-yard screen pass to Sterling Alexander. Unfortunately, that ended the scoring for the Spartans. The Spartans were inside the 10-yard line several times but failed to capitalize on opportunities. Coach Korey Fry said, "several times, we put ourselves in a great position to take control of the game, but we just couldn't execute when it mattered the most. I believe this is a very talented Spartan team. We need to focus in on execution throughout the entire game."
The 0-2 Spartans are looking to turn things around during their home opener against Minnesota West on Saturday, September 16. Kickoff is set for 1:30pm at the M State Fergus Falls campus