by Bruce Strand, Sports editor
Playing on their own field for the first time, the Spectrum football team saw visiting St. James get the first touchdown there and six more after that.
The Sting lost to the Saints 47-6 at Spectrum Sports Complex, falling to 0-3 for the season.
The audience along the sideline numbered about 200 parents, teachers and schoolmates, and some St. James parents.
“We had a tough go of things today,” said coach Seth Mills. “I think we came out a little flat. The kids were probably too excited about the first home game and more worried about lots of people coming and all the attention than focusing on the game.”
The Sting (0-3) were also worn down by a larger, older roster, something they will have to deal with for a while as a second-year program.
“St. James brought about 40 players, and most were juniors and seniors,” said Mills, whose roster of 30 players includes six seniors and seven juniors, with five freshmen seeing action.
St. James quarterback Walker Froehling notched the new field’s first touchdown, a two-yard run in the first quarter. Froehling had two TD runs and passed for two more, to Ryan Menssen and Kody Curry.
It was Menssen who dominated the game, barging for 217 yards in 20 attempts, and one touchdown.
David Bradley and Kaleb Mohwinkel also scored for the Saints (1-2), who had two close losses previously.
Spectrum soph Shane Herrlin carried 15 times for 86 yards and scored the Sting’s first TD on their home field, a two-yard run, set up by his own 32-yard gainer earlier in that drive.
It was a loss, but also the start of an era, for the Sting.
“A lot of people showed up and the kids were excited to have their own field,” said Mills. “It’s obviously not a big stadium, but there was a good atmosphere and it’s going to get better.”
The Sting are back on the road next week, taking on West Lutheran on Friday evening in Plymouth.
St. James 47, Spectrum 7
St. James …. 7 20 13 7 — 47
Spectrum ……0 6 0 0 — 6
SJ—Walker Froehling 12 run (Froehling kick)
SJ—Froehling 1 run (Froehling kick)
SJ—Ryan Menssen 9 run (kick failed)
Spc—Shane Herrlin 2 run (run failed)
SJ—Menssen 4 pass from Froehling (Froehling kick)
SJ—Kody Curry 18 pass from Froehling (kick failed)
SJ—David Bradley 3 run (Froehling kick)
SJ—Kaleb Mohwinkel 7 run (Froehling kick)