SPARTA, NJ – Sparta High School’s varsity football inaugural home game on the newly turfed Cassels field was a big win against Roxbury 49-6. According to Athletic Director Steve Stoner approximately 2000 fans showed up to watch Friday night football under the lights.
“It’s always been a great atmosphere to play at Sparta,” Marchino said, “but it’s electric at night.”
The game was lopsided from the beginning with Sparta scoring 35 unanswered points in the first half, ensuring a running clock after halftime. Sparta Coach Frank Marchiano had freshman quarterback Austen Frattura start against the Gaels.
“He played well with his throwing and with his feet,” Marciano said of his young QB. “I couldn’t be more proud.”
Frattura aired a 51 yard pass to Tyler Szabo for Sparta’s first six. After Szabo’s second trip to the endzone was called back on a foul, Austin Castorina made the second six official on a 43 yard run. The points kept coming as Brendan Cina scored on a 21 yard pass from Frattura. Szabo pulled in a 79 yard pass for his third touchdown of the first half. Frattura crossed the goal line on a short run for Sparta’s sixth touchdown. Roxbury finally got on the board with six, as the Spartan defense blocked the extra point. The scoring ended with Michael McGovern stretching over the goal line and Vince DeSimone’s seventh extra point.
Frattura put it in the air for 320 yards completing nine of 12 passes including four touchdowns. Szabo was Frattura’s favorite target connecting four times for 150 yards with two touchdowns. The QB went to Castorina twice for 92 yards and a touchdown. Cina grabbed three for 29 yards and six points.
Sparta’s defense was busy. Sam Bushey had nine tackles, Parker Williamson had seven, Thomas Hurley had six, Nick Remo and Nick Broccoletti each had five grabs. The D also blocked the Roxbury extra point attempt on the only trip to the endzone.
DeSimone was good for all seven extra points for the Spartans.
The Marching Spartans entertained the crowd at halftime with their “The Show Must Go On” program featuring music from Queen. The cheerleaders go the crowd revved up before the teams returned to the field for the second half.
“It was an amazing way to open up night events on the new field,” Stoner said. “The football team won, the band was rocking out to Queen and the crowd was electrifying.”
Coming back from their loss to Ramapo, Sparta’s record moves to 1-1 as they look to face West Morris Central on the road with a 7:30 p.m. kick-off.