Seattle Spartans Drop Home Opener

​A 52-0 loss and a Costco sized bulk package of struggles have fans singing David and the Dentist’s tune “Is this real life?”

In case you’ve been living under a rock and missed the reference, I’ll drop the link here.

On a semi-soggy windy evening, the Seattle Spartans opened up their season against the Southern Oregon Ladygades at Goddard Stadium north of Seattle last Saturday night.
While Nikki Pelum and the offense had moments of success running the ball, those brief moments were interrupted by long stretches of tough defensive challenges and self-inflicted setbacks.

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Nikki Pelum carries the ball early in the game. (Photo Credit – SoreneGades.Blogspot)

Time after time, Seattle took to the air only to see the Southern Oregon Ladygades intercept ill-timed or lofted passes, several of which were returned for touchdowns. To match the offensive output, the defense struggled both in pass defense, giving up two touchdowns early through the air and in run defense late as the Ladygades proceeded to sweep the ball outside. As the game wound down, Oregon continued to move the ball outside with effective blocking, putting nail after nail into a coffin preordained midway through the third quarter. To make matters worse, last years quarterback, Michelle Walsh, was forced from the game with what appeared to be a non-contact knee injury.

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Sarah Cooper delivers a hit to LadyGades QB

While it’s easy to focus on the score, Seattle is not without some positives. Conceptually, the offense looks have been responsible for it’s own failures. While this might the slimmest of silver linings, it’s not without the solace that Seattle still seems to control it’s own destiny. If they tighten the screws on the passing game, are able to get running backs outside the tackle box, and can settle down on defense, there is some potential hidden inside the frustration. A major bright spot of the defense was pressure on the quarterback. Seattle was able to deliver with pressure and force several turnover on downs and big situations, despite what the score might say. With this in mind, we find our answer to David’s last question in his dentist drug-induced wild ride, “Is this going to last forever?” The answer is no. While it’s a heart breaker to lose the home opener and Coach Boyd’s first game with the Spartans, the ultimate feeling is onward and upward. Unfortunately, after 52-0 there isn’t really anywhere else to go but up.

-Mark Flickinger

Seattle WFA Spartans Writer

Remember to catch your next Seattle Spartan’s home game April 27th at Frank Goddard Memorial Stadium at 6pm or watch from home on Snohomish Times Sports Network (STSPN) on youtube!

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