Spring Hill coach Ben Martin could not say enough great things about his offensive and defensive lines following their dominant performances. The Raiders sacked Mt. Pleasant quarterback Nick Brown twice on the final drive to secure a 14-7 win.
“I wanted to play my keys and do my job. That’s how we won this game tonight,” defensive lineman Cayden Buchanan said.
“I couldn’t be more proud of these guys and the way they played tonight on both sides of the line,” Martin said. “I am so excited for this team.”
Defensively, both teams stepped up in the second half, holding each other scoreless in the second half. Each team found themselves in the red zone on multiple occasions, but Mt. Pleasant got a couple of stops from Dontavious Ellison and Gavin Alderson, as well as two fumble recoveries.
“We played well on defense at times tonight, but we have to find a way to take advantage when we get turnovers,” Mt. Pleasant coach Kit Hartsfield said.
Spring Hill took advantage of an early turnover. Mt. Pleasant fumbled on first down inside the Spring Hill 30-yard line, and the Raiders recovered.
Quarterback Blaise Martin then capped the drive with a 10-yard touchdown pass to Luis Alderete to give the Raiders a 7-0 advantage.
Spring Hill forced a punt and then took the next drive 80 yards on nine plays, including two fourth down conversions. Blaise Martin sneaked into the end zone for the score to put the Raiders ahead 14-0.
“I thought we had momentum and we were getting a good push up front,” Ben Martin said. “Our guys did a great job on that drive to keep it going.”
Keevan Cooper picked off Martin on the Raiders’ next possession, and Tiger quarterback Nick Brown made quick work of the Raider defense with a perfect 52-yard strike to Davion Meza for a touchdown to cut the lead in half, but it was as close as Mt. Pleasant would come.
“We had a few skill guys step up tonight on offense, like Davion Meza,” Hartsfield said. “It’s hard to lose when you get four turnovers, but we have to capitalize on every opportunity.
“Mistakes and not winning the line of scrimmage made it tough tonight.”
For Spring Hill, Kaiden Martin led the teah with 83 yards on the ground, and he complimented the play of his linemen.
“(The offensive line) did their jobs tonight. They played hard and I appreciate their hard work,” Kaiden said. “This feels good for our first win.”
Spring Hill will finish their season next week at home against Columbia Central in the Backyard Bowl, which will also determine which team is awarded the county football championship and will hoist the Sparkman-Dailey-Wade trophy for the season.
“We are looking forward to taking this momentum and trying to build on it this week for a good region opponent and rival,” Ben Martin said.
Spring Hill 14, Mt. Pleasant 7
SH 7 7 0 0 -- 14
MP 0 7 0 0 -- 7
S - Luis Alderete 10 pass from Blaise Martin (7:15) Holden Murphy kick
S - Martin 1 run (11:41) Murphy kick
M - Davion Meza 52 pass from Nick Brown (7:06) Jackson Collier kick
First Downs 12 9
Rushes-yards 38-174 26-(-31)
Passing yards 60 223
Com-Att-Int 9-12-3 16-24-1
Penalties-yards 2-25 4-45
Fumbles-lost 1-1 1-1
Spring Hill -- Kaiden Martin 12-83, Mac Ritchie 10-53, Christian Fitzpatrick 1-46, Blaise Martin 10-8, Clay Robinson 1-1, Connor Swann 1-0, Team 3-(-17)
Mt. Pleasant -- Keevan Cooper 1-20, Davion Meza 2-3, Chris Andrew 1-2, Jeffrey Williamson 1-2, Demarkus Brown 3-1, Te’various Strayhorn 4-(-3), Nick Brown 14-(-56)
Spring Hill -- Blaise Martin 7-9-2 50, Mason Lee 1-1 15, Connor Swann 1-2-1 (-5)
Mt. Pleasant -- Nick Brown 16-24-1 223
Spring Hill -- Mac Ritchie 4-18, Blaise Martin 1-15, Mason Lee 1-10, Luis Alderete 1-10, Ricola Alderson 2-7
Mt. Pleasant -- Demarkus Brown 9-115, Davion Meza 4-80, Tyler Berry 1-18, Chris Andrew 1-9, Jeffrey Williamson 1-1