SPARTA, NJ - Sparta High School's football team prepares for a rematch with Ramapo at home on Saturday after defeating Englewood in the first round of the NJSIAA playoffs on Saturday. That game featured one of the most remarkable performances in state history by Sparta running back Lucas Faria.
Faria rushed for 541 yards on 44 carries with six touchdowns, including a 95-yard score on the first offensive play from scrimmage, as the Sparta Spartans defeated the Englewood Raiders in the first round of the North 1, Group 3 State playoffs, 46-14. Faria's performance was due in part to the utter dominance of Sparta’s offensive line.
Randy May added a touchdown on the ground, while also making a remarkable leaping catch to keep a drive alive for the Spartans. May also played a crucial part in the defensive effort, along with Eric Reinhard and Kevin Foulds. Reinhard made an interception deep in Spartan territory, saving a potential touchdown, while Foulds made a crucial tackle on a fourth down late in the game to stop a dangerous Englewood drive.
Teddy Fisher, Alex Kaplan, and Nick Shlala contributed through the air, catching multiple passes from quarterback Matt Seville against a strong Englewood secondary.
Sparta will host Ramapo this Saturday, in a rematch of last year’s state title game.
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Final
Sparta 7 13 12 14 46
Englewood 7 7 0 0 14