Sprayberry knocks off Starr's Mill 23-14

Mon, 09/22/2008 - 1:18pm
By: Kevin Wandra

Starr’s Mill is perhaps best known for its winning football program throughout the years.

It has been a different type of season thus far for Starr’s Mill, which suffered its fourth consecutive loss Friday, 23-14 to host Sprayberry.

Starr’s Mill and Fayette County, both with 0-4 records, remain the only two teams in the county without a victory.

Sprayberry, which entered Friday’s game winless in three games, led from start to finish against the Panthers.

Mistakes hurt Starr's Mill early.

The Panthers turned the ball over on a fumble on their own 19-yard line on the third play from scrimmage. Sprayberry converted the turnover into its first touchdown of the night, a 1-yard run by David Carter.

Quarterback Myles Jaye hit Terrell Tripp with a 28-yard pass on Starr's Mill's next possession, but the play was negated by a holding penalty.

Jaye was driven backwards, slipped and was sacked in the end zone for a safety to end Starr's Mill's possession and hand Sprayberry a 9-0 lead.

Starr’s Mill answered with a 14-point second quarter, but its defense allowed another touchdown, enabling Sprayberry to hold a 16-14 lead at halftime.

The Panthers’ Dan Ellis scored on a 4-yard run with 11:53 remaining in the quarter.

Sprayberry’s Forest Holt responded with a 62-yard touchdown run less than three minutes later.

Starr’s Mill’s Spencer Penson completed the first-half scoring with a 2-yard touchdown run with 6:18 remaining in the the first half.

Sprayberry’s defense blanked Starr’s Mill the rest of the way. The Yellow Jackets’ defense held Starr’s Mill to 200 total yards, including only 20 yards rushing on 20 carries.

"Our offensive woes continue," Starr's Mill coach Mike Earwood said. "We're making mistakes at the most inopportune times. I don't have a lot of answers right now. We just have to keep working."

One Starr’s Mill player Sprayberry had difficulty containing was wide receiver Lontrell Anderson, who had seven catches for 154 yards.

Carter gave Sprayberry some breathing room with his second touchdown of the night, a 4-yard run early in the fourth quarter.

Starr's Mill's struggling offense will be forced to play without Tripp, a starting wide receiver, for the rest of the year. He suffered a broken leg in the first half.

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