The ROCORI Spartans football team went into their playoff matchup against the Little Falls Flyers with more injuries than you could shake a stick at. For starters, the team had none of their starting linebackers from the season opener. Coupled with the broken hand suffered by senior quarterback Derek Lieser, the Spartans would be in for a tough game against their gritty opponents, the Little Falls Flyers.
ROCORI opened up sluggish on offense as Nate Meyer started at quarterback. Two sloppy plays later, Lieser came in and threw a strike to the normally sure-handed Eric Loxtercamp who then dropped the ball. That set the tone for ROCORI as they simply could not move the ball and were constantly fighting an uphill battle when it came to field position. Eventually, the Spartans would put together a scoring drive and take a 7-0 lead in the second quarter. However on the ensuing kickoff, ROCORI yielded a 60-yard return that would setup a short field for the Flyers. A few plays later the Flyers tied the score at 7-7. The turning point in the game may have taken place when ROCORI could not advance the ball deep in their own territory with under a minute left. Punting with under 30 seconds left, the Flyers got the ball on the ROCORI 24 yard line. Two plays later they cashed in another touchdown and led 14-7 at halftime.
The second half was more of the same for both teams as the Flyers continued to pound the ball on the ground while ROCORI’s defense kept them from scoring until a big touchdown run put the game out of reach. Watch all of the highlights from both halves and be sure to stay tuned to DigElog ROCORI for more Spartans’ sports highlights.