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Friday, Jul. 20, 2018
Spartans dominate Steelers, from start to finish
2018-07-11
by Randy Pascal

The Sudbury Spartans earned the season split with one of their northern rivals in a big, big way last weekend at home.

After dropping a 23-10 decision on the road back on June 16th to the Sault Ste Marie Steelers, the Spartans dominated their end of the home and home matchup with a convincing 35-0 victory Saturday evening at the James Jerome Sports Complex.

First half touchdowns by Josh Cuomo (35 yard run) and James Howatt (3 yard pass from Hunter Holub) helped stake the homeside to a 14-0 lead, an advantage that never really appeared in peril of slipping away.

With Sudbury coach Junior Labrosse taking full advantage of the situation, finding playing time for all involved, the Spartans added majors from Matt Glass (10 yard run), Cuomo (6 yard run) and Jared Loyer (16 yard run), with Massimo Cimino making good on all five convert attempts.

Turnovers played a big part in setting up the Spartans offense, with an interception by Josh Girolametto and a fumble recovery by Joe Kerr both giving the host team outstanding field position in the second half.

The game provided a nice confidence boost to the Sudbury running game, as the combination of some strong blocking from the line along with contributions, right across the board, from Cuomo (178 yards), Loyer (100), Holub (56) and Glass (23) helped the locals pile up almost 400 yards on the ground.

While this lessened the need to establish the passing game, Holub did manage to connect on passes to Howatt, veteran Justin Poirier and rookie Josh Duckett. The Spartans shared the wealth as well on defensive, with pretty much every single player in on the tackling mix, led by Kerr (4.5 tackles), Andrew Gillis (4), with Kevin White, Andrew St Amour and Eric Breau all even at three.

The Spartans wrap up their 2018 regular season schedule with a pair of road games, heading to the Kitchener-Waterloo area this weekend to face the Tri-City Outlaws before closing things off in North Bay will a battle against the struggling Bulldogs.

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