SPARTA, NJ — On the first day of fall, Sparta High School football crushed Mendham 40-0 on Cassels Field on Saturday, making it their second lopsided shut out of the season. 

The tone was set from the first possession when Sparta marched down the field to score on a 25-yard run by Austin Castorina.

On Mendham’s first possession they went for it on fourth and 7 and got the first down. That would be as close as they would get to their end zone, losing possession within 10 yards on the next play. 

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Sparta took advantage of the take-away pushing all the way to the other end of the field where Kenny Oelkers would run it in.

Sparta scored again on four quick plays to end the first quarter. Oelkers threw the first of the TD passes to Will Cisko. The 41 yard throw would bring the score to 19-0 as the first quarter ended as the attempt at a two-point conversion came up short. 

On Sparta’s first possession of the second quarter, after gaining yardage on the ground, Oelkers threaded the needle to find Brendan Cina on a 15 yard pass into the end zone.

The score stood at 33-0 as the first half ended. A 15-yard touchdown pass from Oelkers to Cisko would get the clock running with a 40-0 score.

Kevin Oelkers ended up with next five touchdowns; running one in and throwing for the other four. He went to the air 17 times, completing 13 for 265 yards. Oelkers went to Will Cisko three times for touchdowns including a 74 yard bomb.

Sparta defense was busy, led by Ryan Richardson with seven big tackles. Sam Bushey had five grabs. Eleven Spartans would be credited with multiple tackles. 

Castorina ran for 98 yards on 11 plays with a touchdown. Cisko caught four passes for 135 yards and three touchdowns, Cina caught five for 96 yards and a touchdown. Tyler Szabo caught two for 17 yards.

Kicker Reed McCall was good for four of five extra point attempts.

“It’s a short week to get ready for Jefferson,” coach Frank Marciano told the players after the game. “They’re going to be hungry. We have to be hungry too.”

They play the Falcons on the road on Friday night at 7 p.m. Sparta’s record stands at 3-1.

Sparta will host a night game with temporary lights on October 5 at 7 p.m. Seniors will be recognized at that game. Homecoming is scheduled to be October 13 against Randolph.

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