The Tigers were driving deep into the Spartans’ end of the field with 6 minutes to go in the first quarter when a fumble gave the Spartans the ball on their own 10 yard line.
Junior running back Hirron Milo dashed to the right and up the sideline for a 90-yard touchdown run, giving the Spartans a 6-0 lead. Just two minutes later, Milo returned a Tigers punt 45 yards for another touchdown, pushing the lead to 12-0.
The Tigers were down 25-0 when quarterback Izaiah Snyder went up the far sideline for a 55-yard TD run; fullback Trintuun Quinn added the two-point conversion to cut the lead to 25-8. But the Spartans scored again with less than a minute to go in the second quarter, pushing the halftime score to 32-8.
The Tigers (0-1) came out stronger in the second half, with Quinn scoring on a one-yard blast to make it 32-14. Battle was up 39-14 with 9:45 to play in the fourth quarter when Tigers junior Barry Rivera blocked a punt, which was scooped up at the Spartans’ 41 yard line by S-C junior Eli Kemp who ran it in for a TD. Quinn added the two-point try for the final margin.
In the photo: Smith-Cotton junior varsity running back Jake Kindle cuts through a hole in the defense during the third quarter in Monday night’s game against Battle High School at Jennie Jaynes Stadium. The Spartans defeated the Tigers, 39-22. Photo courtesy Sedalia School District 200.