The real competition was in the stands.
Students and parents took over Garry Berry Stadium Thursday night for the cross-town rivalry football game between the Palmer Terrors and the Doherty Spartans.
“P-A-R-T-Y, party party’s on our side. Where is the party? The party’s over here,” dueling student sections chanted from bleachers throughout the game.
After a 63-12 shellacking on the field, it’s safe to say the party was clearly on the Spartans’ side.
Doherty’s opening drive ended with a run from senior Julian Cooks, and after a quick interception on defense, the Spartans drove down the field again and finished with another Cooks touchdown. The running back did not return in the second half, but he still finished with 102 yards and three scores.
It was also a short night for Doherty quarterback Logan Siffert, who completed 9 of 11 attempts for 115 yards and three touchdowns in the first half.
Impenetrable on defense and unstoppable on offense, the Spartans stymied the Terrors’ run game early and pressured Palmer’s quarterback Willy Bobrik. Perhaps the most impressive stat of the night, Doherty didn’t punt at all during the contest.
Palmer scored on a long touchdown pass from Bobrik to end the half, but the Spartans answered to open the third quarter with a 69-yard rush by Gage Vanaman.
In the fourth, after a Bobrik pass sailed through the arms of a Spartans defender and bounced in and out of the hands of a Terrors receiver, Bobrik threw a 45-yard touchdown pass to Josiah Woods. Bobrik finished the night going 6 of 20 for 117 yards two touchdowns and two interceptions.
After the game, both coaches emphasized each team’s desire to improve no matter the result or the opponent.
“It doesn’t matter who we play our whole focus is to improve,” Spartans coach Jeff Krumlauf said. “In practice, in film, in the classroom, hopefully through our hard work we can showcase on game night.”
For new Palmer head coach Tom Reber it’s been a slow start to the season. The Terrors have been blown out in all three contests this season. Despite that Reber credited his team.
“What they’ve done well is they’ve been coachable and they fight,” Reber said. “They have a ton of passion for what they are doing and so I couldn’t ask for a better group of guys right now to go through this process with.”