LATHROP — The Lathrop High Spartans had their moments in Friday's homecoming game against Beyer.
Most of it came on defense, according to coach Joe Pirillo, following the 24-6 Western Athletic Conference loss.
"Our defense was put in some tough positions," he said, pointing out his team's inconsistencies on offense.
That unit responded by keeping the Patriots from causing further damage.
Lathrop (1-2 WAC, 1-5 overall) put together its best offensive late in the first quarter.
Senior quarterback Davis Raya-Ruiz was on target early on, finding Elijah Bermundez on an 18-yard scoring toss to knot the game up at 6-6.
Beyer (3-0, 4-2) took the early lead, scoring on the opening drive. Sophomore running back Elijah Stine touched the ball four times before finding the end zone on an 18-yard run.
The Spartans blocked the extra point kick.
The Patriots responded quickly after Lathrop tied the game with quarterback Sam Betancourt completing his only pass of the game by hitting Alex Delfin, who came up with the ball amid the coverage for the 65-yard touchdown.
Lathrop's Christian Ray recovered a fumble at his own 32 midway through the second quarter.
Moments later, Beyer returned the favor with inside linebacker Sean Perkins intercepting a pass at the Lathrop 15. Junior running back Anthony Baker took it from there, hitting pay dirt to give his team an 18-6 advantage.
The Patriots had a chance to further add to their lead shortly before halftime, driving the ball to inside the Spartans 5.
But the Lathrop defense managed to hold out long enough as time expired.
"Those three turnovers in the first half killed us," Pirillo said.
The Spartan defense, behind Josiah Davis, kept Beyer in check through most of the second half.
Davis, a 6-4 senior defensive back, recovered a fumble at his own 20.
Offensively, Lathrop put together its best drive of the second half, helped out by a 15-yard personal foul penalty by Beyer.
That drive stalled out at the Patriots 20.
Beyer put together a time-consuming fourth-quarter drive, capping it off with Darius Murphy breaking loose for a 20-yard score.
Running backs Zacchaeus Carrillo and Stine combined for 162 yards on 27 carries.
"Unfortunately, our defense wore down as the game went on," Pirillo said.
Beyer 12 6 0 7 — 25
Lathrop 6 0 0 0 — 6
B—Elijah Stine 18 run (kick blocked), 10:00.
L—Elijah Bermudez 18 pass from Davis Raya-Ruiz (run failed), :38.
B—Alex Delfin 65 pass from Sam Betancourt (pass failed), :19.
B—Anthony Baker 15 run (pass failed), 2:59.
B—Darius Murphy 20 run (Seth Berschneider kick), 2:55.