Season comes to end for Northgate Flames

The Northgate Flames ended their season last Saturday much the way the entire season has gone -- with the Flames showing great spirit, tenacity, and commitment against teams that over powered them. Photo by Tom Steiner for The Citizen

By Joseph Szalinski

The Northgate Flames (0-10, 0-7) suffered their final loss of the season to the Laurel Spartans (6-4, 5-2) at home on Saturday, Oct. 27. Laurel had just come off of a win against Sto-Rox a week prior, while Northgate played a nearly evenly matched game against Bishop Canevin,, which they ultimately lost.

Upon getting possession of the ball in the first quarter, Laurel effortlessly made their way down the field, scoring a touchdown within a matter of minutes. Northgate barely had the ball in hand when Laurel managed to squeeze a fumble out of the Flames, running it in for another touchdown, and another two-point conversion, making the score 16-0.

Getting another chance at possession, the Flames covered very little ground during plays. Between unsuccessful hand-offs and QB sneaks, the Flames were forced to punt on fourth down.

Although Northgate switched up their strategy and implemented a more diverse range of plays, including attempting more passes, nothing worked against the Spartans. If at all possible, things got worse, as Northgate QB Davonte Christe was slammed down in the end zone, resulting in a safety and an injury for Christe, and making the score 20-0.

By halftime, Laurel was ahead 60-0, which would be the final score as well, as Laurel's younger players took to the field in the second half with the Mercy Rule in effect and the clock running nonstop.