Spartans Eyes on Prize

After completing a perfect season, the Southern Durham Spartans charged into the play-offs in a big way with an impressive 48-6 win over Asheboro.

The Spartans have led an extraordinary attack on their opponents this year, averaging over 39 points per game and containing their challengers to a mere average 8 points per game.

Helping lead this assault on the Five County Conference are a close-knit seniors that include three top 20 ranked Spartans in LB/WR Maurice Covington, RB/LB Charles Gamble and WR Brandon Woods. However, getting the guys to brag or even comment on their individual success is daunting task.

"There are no individuals in football," commented 3 star Charles Gamble. "It's a team sport. The team wants to be perfect, so I want to be perfect for the team, but it's just not about me or anybody else. I haven't set any individual goals, but the team has set three goals: 1) to have a perfect season, 2) to play in the state championship game and 3) to win the state championship."

Gamble admits his success is attributed to hard work of each member of the team. However, he believe the hard work is far from over.

"We seniors want to win state more than anybody else," remarked Gamble. "You don't just show up one day and someone say ‘Here have a ring.' You have to work for it, and we've been working for it since the summer before tenth grade. We've come a long way, but we still have a long way to go."

Standing between the Spartans and their long-time goal of a state championship are Ragsdale and All-American tailback Toney Baker. But Gamble and his teammates aren't impressed.

"He walks just like we walk. He talks just like we talk. He runs the ball just like we run the ball, so we are preparing for him just like anybody else. As a matter of fact, we are just preparing for a shut out like we do every week," stated Gamble.

A shutout isn't out of the question. So far this year, the mighty Spartans have shutdown three different offenses for no points.

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