A week of celebration and fun all led up to the Spartans’ annual Homecoming game. They were looking to remain undefeated in the region when South Sevier arrived in town. Emery got on the scoreboard first, when Jace Curtis found the edge, and broke a 66-yard run for a touchdown. After another stop on defense, the Spartans got the ball back and drove down the field. The drive was capped off with a 31-yard field goal by Koalton Curtis, giving Emery an early two-possession lead, 10-0.
Emery’s only defensive hiccup of the game happened next, as a Ram broke through the middle, and took it 72-yards for a touchdown. The Rams then got a stop and went into halftime with the momentum, trailing only by three.
Later in the second half, Hayes Dalton created pressure and forced on off balanced throw which Tristen LeRoy made a great play on and returned the interception inside the 10-yard line. Ryker Jensen then capped off the short drive and went 5-yards untouched in to the endzone on a quarterback sweep. Emery regained the momentum with the 16-7 lead.
The Spartans never looked back. Josh Olsen caught a 22-yard touchdown pass, while Quintin Sorensen added an 18-yard touchdown catch. Halfway through the fourth quarter, Olsen sealed the contest with a 81-yard pick six. The Spartans went on to take their Homecoming game 38-7.
Emery (5-3, 3-0) will have its biggest test of the year when it heads to Richfield to play the Wildcats (7-1, 3-0) next Friday. It will be a battle for first place as each team remains undefeated in region play. The game will be streamed live on ETV Channel 10 and online at etvnews.com/livesports.
Photos by Dusty Butler