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Cougars roll over Scotts Valley
by Tribune Staff
Sep 14, 2013 | 1559 views | 1 1 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Spanish Springs’ football coach Scott Hare challenged his team last week after falling at home to Damonte Ranch last Friday. Message received, coach.

The Cougars handled Scotts Valley, a San Jose suburb school, 49-35 on the road Saturday afternoon but the game wasn’t even that close. After leading 49-14 in the fourth quarter, the Cougars slowed their attack, allowing three inconsequential touchdowns to shrink the difference.

“We were in better shape (than last week), it was really hot,” Hare said. “The kids really responded well.”

The Spanish Springs coach was particularly pleased with his squads blocking and the run game that resulted.

CJ Carrithers was a direct benefactor of the teams blocking up front romping for 138 yards and three scores on 19 carries. Jeff Jurgensmeier rushed for 63 yards.

Hunter Fralick lives in the mountains but apparently he is a beach boy at heart. Spanish Springs’ quarterback completed 19 of 22 passes for a radical 317 yards and three touchdowns.

And if Fralick is a beach boy at heart, Gehrig Parks is a beach man. Parks hauled in 13 passes for 255 yards and all three of Fralick’s touchdown passes.

The Cougars soaked in the weekend at the beach, going to the boardwalk Friday night and performing walkthrough on the beach Saturday morning.

Hare questioned his team’s toughness after last week’s loss and he believed Scotts Valley provided a fitting test for his team to answer the call.

“They were very physical up front,” Hare said. “They ran right at us.”

Despite his team’s strong response to his criticism, Hare refused to call the win a statement victory.

“In my eight years here we have won a lot of nonleague games and not enough league games,” Hare said. “Our season doesn’t start until the first weekend of October when league starts.”

Spanish Springs improved to 1-1 with the win and hosts Galena Friday.

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Game Fan
September 15, 2013
I would say inconsequential scoring is a little strong if you attended the game. While Scotts Valley's defense definitely had no answer for Hunter Fralick & Gehrig Parks, Spanish Springs Defense had trouble containing Scotts Valley's Jake Rehnberg who wound up with 259 yards rushing on 28 attempts. Spanish Springs offensive no huddle approach definitely was a factor (running somewhere in the neighborhood of 85 - 90 plays) that took it's tool on Scotts Valley's defense in the late 2nd Quarter where the Cougars were able to open the game up scoring 20 points in a 7 min stretch. Scotts Valley's defense definitely took advantage of the couple of series at the beginning of the 4th Quarter when Fralick was pulled (and who wouldn't have pulled him up 41-14 in a non-league game) and the attack did slow, allowing Scotts Valley to quickly convert two defensive picks into 14 points. Scotts Valley's defense then stopped the Cougars and Fralick on a 3 and out series after Fralick returned and then converted that stop into another 7 points to cut the margin to 6 (41-35) with 5:20 left in the 4th. Big credit to the Cougars who didn't panic and were able to seal the game away for good on an 87 yard drive to basically wrap up the game with the 49-35 victory. Spanish Springs I believe was surprised somewhat of the physicality of the SV squad throughout the game, but the many two way starters for the smaller SV squad and game time conditions took it's toll and were hard to overcome for them. All in all, a very fun game to attend and treat to see an offensive fire power like Fralick & Parks (nice running game as well with Carrithers & Jurgensmeier)in person. Game was definitely a little more than "inconsequential" scoring as the written article seems to apply though.
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