Spartans running back Braxton Williams exploded for touchdowns of 65 and 48 yards and quarterback Dillon Draper added two rushing scores and one passing touchdown to key the rout.
"We had some explosive plays and some huge plays," Spring Creek coach Joel Jund said. "We had a good thing going."
The Spartans led wire-to-wire, scoring on a Draper run 2:26 into the game and never losing the lead from there. Spartans defensive end Chris Reyes recovered a fumble in the end zone from Sparks quarterback Mastor Sells to put Spring Creek up 16-0 before the game had gone four minutes.
Sparks put together a long possession on the following drive, and Sells plunged in for a one-yard rushing touchdown at the 2:35 mark of the first quarter. The Railroaders converted the extra point attempt to make the game 16-7, but that would be as close as Sparks would come on the evening.
Williams' 65-yard score and a 17-yard Payden Shafer receiving touchdown added to the Spring Creek lead, and the Spartans went into halftime up by a score of 30-7.
The second half was more of the same for the Spartans offense, as Braxton Williams rattled off a 48-yard run for another six points on the second play from scrimmage in the second half.
Dillon Draper earned his second rushing touchdown of the night ten minutes later following a blocked punt, putting the Spartans up 43-7.
Sparks threatened the Spring Creek red zone again, but fumbled once more. Thomas Covert added a 40-yard rushing touchdown to bring the score to 49-7 with eight minutes left in the game.
The Railroaders got the final score of the night with a touchdown with a minute left, but the following onside attempt went out of bounds, helping Spring Creek seal the 49-14 victory.
Jund said his team focused on avoiding turnovers during practice over the last week, and the Spartans responded by protecting the ball and creating several key turnovers themselves.
"Any time you can win the turnover battle, that's a big thing," Jund said.
Story is courtesy of Blake Samanas, Elko Daily Free Press