Few were giving the Sun Valley Spartans a chance against Charlotte Catholic on Friday night, and most had reasons.
Before their meeting, Catholic dispelled of two county and conference foes with relative ease. The Cougars blew out Monroe and Weddington by a combined score of 91-12. Running clocks ran in the second half of both games.
Sun Valley’s junior D1 prospect quarterback Sam Howell was cleared to play only 24 hours before game time after missing one and a half games due to injury.
One could understand the doubt, but the Spartans would have none of it. Sure, Sun Valley lost to Catholic, 27-13 but for anyone that witnessed the game, it was much closer than the final score.
Sun Valley’s defense limited Catholic to their lowest scoring output in six weeks and their lowest total yardage output all season. Valley’s D played with passion, and their enthusiasm was evident throughout the game.
Howell finished the night 11-of-22 with a season-low 77 yards but rushed for 101 yards on 11 carries. Howell’s timing was off, plus add an effective Cougars' pass rush and their defensive schemes that contributed to the low production.
Spartans’ running back Tacory Robinson had his best game to date rushing for 96 yards and one touchdown. The sophomore has emerged as Valley’s number one back.
Sun Valley (5-2, 1-2 in the SCC) will play on the road next week against Monroe (3-4, 0-3 in the SCC).