Laurel pulls away from Springdale
When Springdale senior running back Justin Wilson was forced to leave Friday's game with a lower body injury, it was the rest of the Dynamos who felt the pain.
Springdale (1-3) allowed 20 unanswered points in the fourth quarter and fell to host Laurel, 34-7, in nonconference action at Spartan Stadium.
“That was the difference in the game,” Springdale coach Dave Leasure said of Wilson's injury. “We couldn't do anything offensively.”
Added linebacker John Nicholson: “A matter of split seconds can change the whole game around when a player gets hurt. Catastrophic failure happens.”
Wilson, listed at 5-5, 130 pounds, muffed a punt with about nine minutes to play in a 14-7 game and was injured during the ensuing scramble for the ball. From that point on, the Dynamos had trouble moving the ball and stopping the Spartans (3-1).
“Our kids, they don't quit,” Laurel coach Pat Cuba said.
The loss spoiled what was turning out to be a tough game held tight by the Dynamos' defense. Senior defensive lineman Cory English racked up a team-best 11 tackles. Nicholson added six tackles and defensive end Adam Lock had a sack.
“Our coaches had a couple plays put in (for Friday) and they worked really well,” Lock said.
The Spartans struck first on a 10-yard run by Christopher Peluso in the first quarter.
In the second quarter, the Dynamos put together a solid drive with a blend of short passes and shifty runs by Wilson, who had a team-high 49 rushing yards in the game. The march to the end zone ended with a 1-yard plunge by quarterback Sammy Carey that knotted the score at 7. Carey, a freshman, split time with starter Daniel Franskousky, who missed most of practice during the week due to illness
The score remained 14-7 through the third quarter, although each team had a drive that ended on a failed fourth-down play in the other's territory, including Springdale's march to the Laurel 13-yard line.