- The Sword & Shield
Spartans win region. What’s next?
by Dylan Siegel
Last Thursday night against Homewood, senior night for Mountain Brook football, the Spartans were able to win regionals while celebrating the teams’ current senior class. For seniors, this game was bittersweet as it marked their last regular season home game.
“Emotions were high knowing it would be one of the last times I played as a Spartan,” senior Lev Berman said.
After a close first half of play, the game opened up in the second half as a result of Spartan’s’s rushing attack and forcing key turnovers, ensuing in a 28-0 victory.
“First half we only got three drives and felt we should have scored on all of them, so [the] second half we really focused and locked in on finishing drives and that was the key down the stretch,” wide receiver Jake Thompson said.
Thompson caught five passes on the night.
The victory resulted in Mountain Brook’s first regional football title since 2011. While garnering this achievement, the Spartans have motivation left over for this week’s Homecoming game.
“[This] week is our last home game of the regular season, so we want to send the seniors out on a high note at Spartan stadium,” Thompson said.
Although the Spartans have completed one of their goals, their primary goal is not yet completed.
“We still have to improve every week if we want to achieve our goal and win the state championship,” cornerback Lev Berman said.
As far as what to expect from Chelsea this week at Homecoming, Chelsea’s record of 3-5 this season tells a lot. With victories over Helena, Woodlawn, and Huffman, and with losses to Oak Mountain, Briarwood Christain, Homewood, Pelham, and Shades Valley, expect the Spartans to play hard-nose football for one of their final home games.
“For this week, we need to build on last week's effort. We are continuing to get better week to week and don't need to take a step backward. Also, I would like to see our young guys get some reps and continue to develop some depth on our roster,” Coach Evans said.