Scoring nine, fourth quarter points, the Spring Hill High School football team outlasted rival Baldwin High School 23-18 for the Broncos’ first win of the season Friday night.
Spring Hill got things started when running back Tyshaun Straw scored on a 24-yard run. Carver Gertsberger added a successful point-after kick, and the Broncos owned a 7-0 first quarter lead.
Bulldog Katzer Joel responded with a 61-yard second quarter touchdown run. The point-after kick was no good, and Spring Hill held a slim 7-6 lead over Baldwin, 2-2.
With a narrow lead, Spring Hill added a second quarter touchdown thanks to a Straw two-yard run. Gertsberger added the extra point to put Spring Hill up 14-6.
Baldwin pulled within 14-12 just before halftime. This time, BHS’ Garrett Burkhart tossed a 31-yard pass to Nicholas Pattrick. A two-point conversion failed, and Spring Hill held the lead heading into the locker room at the half.
The Baldwin team did not quit, however. The Bulldogs came out of the lockerroom to take a lead on a two-yard Jacob Katzer run.
From there, Spring Hill took control. The Broncos scored on a Roiel Swift 21-yard touchdown run. Spring Hill owned a 21-18 lead.
Spring Hill sealed the verdict with a safety late in the game to get a 23-18 win.
Offensively, Straw led the way with 108 yards on 26 totes. Swift added 51 yards on eight carries, and RayQuon added 19 yards on four carries. William Lovetinsky had eight yards on six carries.
Swift caught two passes for 30 yards, and Nathan Ewing had one catch for 12 yards.
Overall, Spring Hill had 228 yards of offense on 52 plays. The team had 186 rushing yards.
“Our defense came out flat,” SHHS Coach Jason Feeback said. “Our players are starting to get confidence from hard work and being a family.”
Next action for the Broncos comes versus De Soto High School Friday night.