Spanish Springs scores 20 unanswered in meaningful road win
Coach Eric Borja, quarterback Frankie Tiernan and anyone else on the Spanish Springs sideline Friday night in Minden would have preferred it come last year. That doesn’t mean they won’t take it.
Spanish Springs played at Douglas Friday night, on the same field its season came to end last year in the regional quarterfinals, 24-6. The 2017 non-league contest brought a different result.
The Cougars (2-1, 0-0) scored 20 unanswered in the second half after going to the locker room down 13-6 and went on to avenge last year’s postseason loss, 26-20, to the Tigers (0-3, 0-0).
For Tiernan, it was particularly sweet. His first career varsity start came in last year’s postseason defeat. He was thrust into the starting lineup when Korbin Marcum suffered a concussion in the final game of the regular season at Reed. Friday night was just his fourth as the Cougars starting signal caller.
Douglas quickly marched down the field after Spanish Springs went up 26-13 with less than three minutes left to get within 26-20. The Cougars recovered the ensuing onside kick to preserve the road win.
It was the second straight week Spanish Springs used a significant run to lock down a victory. Last week, the Cougars hung 28 unanswered on Foothill (Palo Cedro, Calif.) in a landslide 42-7 home win.
The victory was Spanish Springs coach Eric Borja’s first in three attempts at Douglas.
Now it gets particularly difficult for the Cougars. Yes, they return to their home field for just the second time of the season next Friday. The caveat being it’s to line up against the reigning 4A North champs, Damonte Ranch (3-0, 0-0).