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Spartans dominate

Posted by Carl Seafoot on Oct 02 2002 at 05:00PM PDT

Spartans dominate
Strathmore high school team picks apart Drumheller in home opener

Mario Prusina
Thursday October 03, 2002

Strathmore Standard — Darcey Martens scored four touchdowns and Mark Leboldus added two more as the Strathmore Spartans high school football team beat up Drumheller 62-0 Sept. 28 at the high school.
Luis Gudiel, who had a superb game at quarterback and the kicking positions, scored on a one-yard sneak and added a 42-yard field goal in the contest to help the Spartans improve to a 2-1 record on the season.
"It was a good game," said Gudiel. "We came in strong and we clicked right off the start - we wanted to get the offence involved right away.
"We had a really good running game today and that was huge.
"That was really important today and the defence stepped it up right away."
The Spartans jumped out to a 7-0 lead just 1:39 into the game when Martens scored on a long rushing play.
Then with 5:53 left in the first quarter, Gudiel found Leboldus for a 22-yard pass to take a 14-0 lead.
With just 3:16 to go in the opening quarter, Martens added 55 and 31 yard rushing plays to give the Spartans a huge 26-0 lead (both converts were missed) heading into the second half.
"That was a good game - I liked it," smiled Martens, who added a 55-yard touchdown in the second half after receiving a pass from back-up quarterback Brock Reimer. "It was an excellent game personally and as a team.
"I think the most important aspect of our game was that our defence shut them down - they did a good job and they made our job (on offence) easier.
"I didn't expect to have a blowout like this - everything clicked today."
The Spartans, who lead 42-0 at the half, also got touchdowns from John Bonami-McRae and Justin Quong.
The team capped off the scoring with 3:47 in the fourth quarter when Leboldus caught a 56-yard pass from Reimer.
"I can't complain today," beamed Leboldus, who played on both offence and defence throughout the game. "Our offensive line did an amazing job opening the holes and our defence shut down their passing game.
"It was fun for me to be out there pretty much the entire game - being the glamour boy at receiver you get the passes and on defence you get to knock some guys around.
"This game is a huge confidence builder as we head towards the playoffs."
Leboldus credited both of his quarterbacks as key ingredients in the win.
"Both Luis (Gudiel) and Brock (Reimer) were bombing those passes," said Leboldus. "The passes were beautiful - they couldn't get anymore perfect.
"The passes were falling right over our shoulders... I'm sure both of them had really good completion ratios.
"High school football isn't known for its passing - it's more of rushing. So far this year we're opening up the passing game too."
Spartans head coach Brett Bastable, who wanted to get almost all of his players involved in the contest, was happy with the win.
"We stuck to our game plan," said Bastable. "We started out by showing them the running game before we added the passing game.
"I think that we finally have the right personnel in the right positions."
The Spartans will now travel to Canmore on Oct. 12 before they host Hanna on Oct. 19 in the final game of the season.

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