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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Big Fourth Quarter Powers Spartans

Berthoud defeats Frederick 28-6

By Dan Karpiel
Sports Writer

The Berthoud Spartans football team notched their first victory of the season on Friday night thanks to a 21 point fourth quarter. Playing at Alex Tesone Field in Frederick, Berthoud turned in what was easily their best performance of the young season, with both sides of the ball contributing to the win. The offense scored four touchdowns, a season high, and the defense played shut out football for the final 46:22 of the 48-minute game.

The star of the night for the Spartans without a doubt was Chase Fraser. The junior tailback compiled 184 rushing yards and one touchdown to go with the interception he snagged on defense. Fraser remained modest, however, deflecting credit from himself. “I have to give credit to my line … and my quarterback.” Chase said after the game.

Berthoud QB Zac Ruebesam fights off a defender to complete a pass.

Frederick played an undisciplined game and several Warrior players lost their composure, handing the Spartans 60 yards on four personnel foul penalties. The fourth quarter was particularly contentious; as Berthoud pulled away Frederick players began routinely taking cheap shots after the whistle. To the credit of Spartan players and coaches, Berthoud would keep their hitting within the rules. In yet another example of Fraser’s shining play, the junior safety looked like former-Bronco John Lynch when he laid the lumber to a Warrior receiver, separating him from the ball and ending a late first half Warrior scoring opportunity.

After receiving the opening kickoff, Frederick halfback Dalton Hall ran for a fifty-yard gain off the right side, breaking several Berthoud tackles along the way. Hall would get the ball again two plays later and score from the Berthoud 15 yard line. The Frederick touchdown, with 10:38 remaining in the first quarter, would be the only points the Warriors would score all night. Frederick kicker Kevin Retchless would miss the ensuing extra point as well a field goal attempt later on in the game.

Berthoud’s defense turned in their best performance of the season, making big plays when they needed and forced Frederick turnovers. The Spartan secondary picked off two passes in the second half, the first by junior Cory Ellis and the second from Fraser. To go with the two interceptions, Berthoud tallied a sack and stopped Frederick on fourth down twice in the second half.

The Spartans took control of the game in the fourth quarter, scoring three of their four touchdowns and demoralizing the Warriors. With 11:53 remaining in the fourth quarter Spartan senior halfback Steven Fiske scored on a seven-yard run, giving Berthoud a 14-6 lead. The Spartans next two scores would come on runs from junior quarterback Zach Ruebesam. Ruebesam accounted for 81 rushing yards and three total touchdowns, the on the ground and one on a pass to Fraser.

The win improves Berthoud’s record to 1-2. The Spartans will return home next Friday night for a 7pm game with Fort Lupton.

Photos by Dan Karpiel

Berthoud and Frederick fight for the loose ball after a Frederick fumble

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