By Dillon Smith
Senior night was hosted on Friday as Emery geared up to play Richfield. The Spartans held the Wildcats scoreless in the first quarter but were unable to do anything offensively themselves.
Richfield figured things out in the second quarter and found the end zone twice to go up 14-0. Just before halftime, Emery went down the field through the air. A Seth Justice to Szion Gibson pass capped off the drive with a touchdown. That pulled the Spartans within in a score with just 26 seconds left in the half.
Emery got the ball first in the second half and picked up where they left off. The potential game-tying drive was halted after a holding call pushed the Spartans back behind the chains.
Richfield then was moving the ball down the field and knocking on the door of the end zone. Teagan Chritsman forced a fumble on the Emery five yard-line and the Spartans recovered. Chritsman had a big game for the Spartans with the forced fumble, an interception and a tackle for a loss.
The Spartans were driving again but ended up coughing up the ball themselves, which Richfield recovered and took back the 15 yard-line. The Wildcats scored shortly there after to make it 21-7.
With the same score later in the fourth quarter, Justice’s out pass was undercut and picked off for a touchdown. The interception sealed the game for Richfield, who went on to win 28-7. The Spartans played tough all night but had too many turnovers and missed opportunities keep up with the talented Wildcats.
Emery (1-8, 1-3 Region 12) will be on the road next week to play the top 3A team in the state, San Juan (7-2, 3-0 Region 12). Due to fall break, that game will be on Wednesday in Blanding.