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Spartans struggle against Falcons

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POSTED October 18, 2009 2:12 a.m.
SACRAMENTO – The Lathrop Spartans had their hands full with a Sacramento area powerhouse when they made the trip north for a 40-0 defeat at Christian Brothers High.

The Spartans fell behind early, going into halftime with a 40-0 deficit and were unable to get it going in the right direction offensively over the final two periods.

“We couldn’t move the ball,” Lathrop head coach Jesse Rodriguez said. “We had been doing better at moving the ball over the past few games and then (Saturday) we did not move the ball.

“So we played a lot of defense and gave up a lot of points.”

The Falcons were arguably the toughest challenge on the Lathrop schedule, already recording victories over Burbank and Jesuit High’s on the season. Rodriguez’ ties with Christina Brothers head coach Andre Johansen led to the scheduling of the contest, which will prove to be valuable experience for the young Spartan program.

Lathrop would not allow the 40-point deficit to affect its effort, playing hard over the final two quarters and leaving with the respect of the Falcons and their crowd.

“The way we played the second have was somewhat rewarding,” Rodriguez said. “They had their second and thirds in, but those kids are still pretty darn good players. We stepped it up and played with a little pride.”

Lathrop (0-6 overall) will finally get back to its own confines and prepare for a contest with Soledad High that the squad will be expecting to win.

“We haven’t been at home since we opened up with Sierra on 9-11,” Rodriguez said. “We are going to be looking forward to going out and competing.

‘We feel like this is a team that we really have a chance to beat.”
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