Spooner Misses Opportunites, But Outlasts Grantsburg 7-6 (Audio Replay) + (Coach Interviews)
Eric Bittany’s 19-yard touchdown catch in the fourth quarter was enough for the Spooner Rails to atone for their mistake laden game and come away victorious. The Rails turned the ball over 5 times in the contest; two fumbles and three interceptions. Four of the turnovers occurred inside the Grantsburg 30-yard line.
Grantsburg struck first in the third quarter when Connor Meyers took a reverse hand-off from fellow wing back Joseph Gaffney 13-yards into the end zone. The snap on the extra point was way too high and the holder never had a chance. The ball was covered up by the Rails ending the try.
Spooner were able to answer the Pirate score, taking the ensuing drive into the end zone. Bittany came open in the right flat following a beautiful play action and roll out by QB Gavin Anderson. Anderson hit Bittany at about the 10-yard line and Bittany was able to turn it up field, stay in bounds, and find the end zone.
Grantsburg was unable to put together another scoring drive. The Pirates last chance pass was intercepted by Tanner Vikk as time expired.
Grantsburg will be at Cumberland next Friday night (8/26) at 7pm. The game will be broadcast on WCMP 1350 AM.
Steve had a chance to talk with second-year Spooner Head Coach Josh Fizel about his young team. The Rails return just 5 starters from last years team that finished 6-4.
Sophomore Gavin Anderson will make his first career start under center for the Rails, as well as many other new faces. The defense will once again be anchored by Senior ILB Bryson Grubbs.
Spooner Coach Josh Fizel
Steve and Jesse also attended a Pirates practice this week as well. Steve conducting an interview with Grantsburg Coach Keith Lehne, which can be heard below.