"You could see guys in the locker room that struggled through an 0-9 season where they didn't play any close games," Sparks coach Rob Kittrell said. "That's really tough, but we still had a lot of guys with passion for their school and football."
Wooster wasted no time grabbing the momentum. It scored on its first possession of the game. Foa Safara handled the early scoring honors with a 6-yard touchdown run less than four minutes into the game.
The Wooster defense got a stop on the ensuing SHS possession to give the ball back to its offense. The Colts went right back to work, finding the end zone for another score, this time a 15-yard pass from Hunter Triplett to Alex Anguiano.
Wooster converted two-point conversions on both of its first-quarter possessions, snagging a 16-0 advantage after the first 12 minutes of play.
The central Reno school did not let up in the second quarter. Safara did the bulk of the work. He rumbled into the end zone for touchdown runs of 40 and 27 yards en route to helping the Colts breeze to a 30-0 lead at the break.
The Sparks defense had no answer for Safara. The Colts tailback rushed for 298 yards on 20 carries.
"Safara killed us. He had some big runs," Kittrell said. We'd go a couple plays where we contain him, and then he'd find a seam and be gone."
Third-year Wooster coach Vince Johnson, a 1993 Sparks High graduate, was excited to see his team play well and cap its fall campaign with a win.
"We ran the ball well and got first downs," Johnson said. "Overall, we threw the ball OK, but on third down, we threw it well. Defensively, we stopped the run, which is what we knew they wanted to do."
Maclin Green was the top offensive weapon for Sparks, but he was still limited to 49 rushing yards on 12 attempts.
Wooster never let go of the momentum. The visiting Colts got the ball to start the second half and scored on their fourth play from scrimmage in the third quarter. Safara was the culprit again, bolting 54 yards for his fourth TD run of the night. The gallop gave Wooster a 36-0 lead at the 10:27 mark of the third.
Wooster put the finishing touches on the lopsided triumph when Triplett connected with Michael Sowers for a 5-yard touchdown pass with 10:43 to go in the Div. I-A North League contest.