Spartans earn emotional win over Eagles
dway]journalregister.com Call it divine intervention. Or maybe just a nice storybook finish.
Before Friday night’s Homecoming game against Norristown, there was a moment of silence to remember Springfield High sophomore Cole Luxton, who passed away earlier this week.
So with the game hanging in the balance, who was that catching a 15-yard touchdown pass with 8:16 left in the game to secure the Spartans’ 18-6 win, giving the program its first Suburban One League victory in two decades?
vep, that would be big brother Chase Luxton.
Luxton’s grab from scrambling quarterback Chris Stone pushed the Spartans up by two touchdowns and enabled Springfield to hold off a late Eagles charge and earn the historic win.
In a crazy contest that featured the Spartans scoring two touchdowns on blocked punts, Springfield survived, in part, because of some heartwarming heroics.
“It’s unbelievable,” said Luxton, the focal point of an evening dripping with emotion. “I just can’t believe all of the support and all of the love my family and I have gotten this week. I just know (Cole) was in there helping me with that touchdown catch.
“I’m going to love him forever.”
“We talked to our kids all week about that,” said Springfield coach Chris Shelly when asked about the emotional roller coaster the Spartans program had experienced during the week. “I remember watching Penn State play its first game after that scandal, and they had so much emotion in the first half, but they were drained in the second half.
“We told our guys they needed to go out and play football, use it as a release, just get caught up in the football game. And when Chase made that catch, you just can’t script something like that.”
Early on, it appeared Springfield may win primarily because of a pair of huge special teams plays.
Norristown found itself in an immediate hole after choosing to receive the opening kickoff.
Starting at their own 15, the Eagles gained just one yard in three plays, then saw Greg Hargray’s punt attempt smothered by a trio of Spartans and recovered in the end zone by Phil Ianozi, giving the home team a quick 6-0