Spartans, Crusaders Clash in Battle of Unbeatens
EASTON – North Schuylkill and Notre Dame Green Pond went at each other Friday night to see who would have the inside track for District 11 3A playoffs. Both teams entered the game unbeaten in a highly anticipated matchup Friday night.
After falling behind 7-0 early in the first quarter, the Spartans rattled off 35 unanswered points to claim a thrilling 42-21 win over the Crusaders.
On the opening drive, Notre Dame Green Pond’s quarterback, Collin Quintano, hit Logan Castellano for the 16-yard touchdown pass. Nick Garrido’s kick put the Crusaders up 7-0.
The Spartans answered right back like a heavy-weight fight. Robbie Weitz pounded his way into the end zone for a seven-yard touchdown run. Gavin Mentzer’s kick tied the game up at seven.
North Schuylkill added two more scores in the second quarter. A pair of rushing touchdowns by Jaxson Chowansky (29-yards) and Jake Hall (17-yards) increased the Spartan’s lead to 21-7.
The opening second-half drive ended on a Josh Chowansky 5-yard touchdown run capping off a 15-play drive that took 6:40 off the clock. Spartans lead 28-7.
The Crusaders turned the ball over at their ten-yard line. Hall found Joey Flail for a ten-yard pass with 5:10 remaining in the third quarter.
Hall finished the night with 289 total yards. (181 passing, 108 yards rushing)
Notre Dame Green Pond scored twice in the fourth quarter. Nadir Sanders hit Tarif Muhammad for a 28-yard touchdown pass and Logan Castellano ran in from 28 yards out.
In between both Crusaders’ scores, Spartan’s Josh Chowansky went 46 yards for a score.
Next week, North Schuylkill hosts Salisbury and Notre Dame Green Pond hosts Palisades.
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