Great Southern Bowl 2018 Razorbacks v Spartans by Tony Virgo (37)-X3

Great Southern Blowout

Hogs 33 v 0 Spartans

Results

Team 1 2 3 4 T Outcome
Hogs 9 10 7 7 33 Win
Spartans 0 0 0 0 0 Loss

They say defence win’s championships, but you still need to put points on the board. The Spartans entered the bowl minus starting QB Webb and having committed nine turnovers in the semi-final, but still boasting the competitions best defensive unit.

The Hogs offence lead the league in scoring, while also protecting the ball, ranked first in turnovers allowed.

Would the Spartans defence fine a way to slow the Hogs, and perhaps provide their offence with advantageous field position?

The Spartans received the opening kick-off, before everything unravelled quickly, an ill-fated punt attempt resulting in a safety and points on the board before the Hogs offence had stepped on the field.

The Hogs moved the ball efficiently throughout the afternoon, stretching the Spartans sideline to sideline with their superior speed. Valles often breaking contain and moving the chains via his punishing rushing style.

Welbourn connected with Plamondon early in the first, before Valles rumbled for a 62-yard TD the following possession, breaking open the game before the main break.

The second half saw more of the same, the Hogs defence continually harassing the Spartan offence, and pressuring Van Pamelan into 3 interceptions, rarely giving up first downs.

Valles continued to run hard, giving Olive, Berrington and Plamondon plenty of opportunity to stretch the field, at one stage Oilve and Plamondon posting back to back highlight reel catches, before Plamondon scored again, leaving no doubt as to the result.

The Hogs defence continued to pin the Spartans in their own half of the field, giving their offence further opportunity. Welbourn connected with Berrington late in the 4th, the Hogs securing their 6th consecutive Bowl win.

His punishing running and hard pursuit on D meant Valles was awarded the game MVP, deservedly so.


SCORING

HOGS: Welbourn 3 passing. Plamondon 2 receiving. Valles 1 rushing. Berrington 1 receiving. Olive FG. Safety.
SPARTANS: N/A