Speed kills as Bulldogs race past Spartans
In automotive parlance it was like pitting a pickup truck against a Ferrari — and letting the Ferrari have a head-start.
Friday night’s South Suburban Conference Red matchup between cross-town rivals Oak Lawn and Richards pretty much rated that comparison. Here’s how Spartans coach Sean Lucas described his team’s foe:
“They’re not the big Richards teams of the past, but they are fast,” he said. “Our kids battled them and a few times we had kids in position to make a play, but their feet moved faster than ours.”
Keeping up with the Bulldogs while competing on a level playing field would have been tough enough for Oak Lawn; making things worse was that it spotted Richards a lead.
The Bulldogs scored on each of their first three possessions to shove the Spartans into a 19-0 hole. It was 33-7 at halftime and despite Oak Lawn’s best efforts to fight back in the final two quarters it couldn’t avoid a 46-21 setback.
“I’m proud of our kids, but we knew we’d have to play near-perfect to beat them,” Lucas said. “I wish they had seen a better shot [from us], but I flat-out told our kids after the game this [Richards] team was better than us. There are greater tragedies in life than losing to someone who’s better than you.”
Just as in their 2012 meeting with the Bulldogs, the Spartans (1-3, 0-2) refused to succumb quietly after falling behind. Two years ago while suffering an 18-7 loss they shut out Richards in the second half.