After being bullied by Reno last week, Spanish Springs returned home and flipped the script to beat Hug, 34-0, and clinch a postseason berth out of the High Desert League.
The Cougars (3-5 overall, 2-2 HDL) came into the game focused on winning the battle of the trenches. The linemen came ready for the challenge, plowing the road to the tune of 203 yards rushing, while allowing just 169 yards defensively.
“We were physical, we were really physical,” Spanish Springs lineman Tyler Barats said. “We wanted to come out and win tonight for playoffs, and for our pride after what happened last week.”
Spanish Springs came out of the gates looking like a team playing for its season.
The Cougars took just more than two minutes to score on the opening drive after a 36-yard Korbin Marcum pass to Ian Check set up a 10-yard Travis Vargas touchdown run.
From there, the Cougars’ defense took over, forcing three turnovers, four punts and three turnovers-on-downs for the shutout victory.
“We made sure that we tried to keep everything in front of us and really put our guys in positions to make tackles and to make plays,” Spanish Springs coach Eric Borja said. “We got some turnovers defensively. They stepped up tonight. It’s real hard to get a shutout in this league, so I’m very proud of them.”
T.J. Fiorelli led the way for Spanish Springs with 116 yards rushing and a touchdown on just eight carries. The senior running back gave the Cougars a 17-0 lead heading into halftime after breaking a 63-yard rushing touchdown.
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Vargas, Spanish Springs’ go-to-guy, had another strong performance and had an impact on all three phases of the game. He had 65 yards rushing, two rushing touchdowns, an interception, a 78-yard punt return for a touchdown and an 18-yard pass completion.
“Things worked out the way they were supposed to,” Vargas said. “Things went our way tonight … it was a big game. We wanted to make playoffs this year.”
Spanish Springs will close out its regular season next week at Reed, while Hug will finish its season at North Valleys.