Bier, Raymer lift jayvee football team
Sirrus Bier and Jayden Raymer each scored a touchdown, lifting the Sparta junior varsity football team to a 14-8 win over Holmen in Mississippi Valley Conference action at Memorial Field Monday.
Raymer’s touchdown came midway through the fourth quarter, erasing a two-point deficit to give the young Spartan gridders a win in their season finale.
An early Spartan turnover led to the first Viking score late in the opening quarter.
The Holmen drive began at the Sparta 35-yard line after an interception.
The Vikings picked up a pair of first downs and moved deep into Spartan territory, before Drew Becker hit paydirt from seven yards out to give Holmen an early lead.
Becker tacked on the two-point conversion as well, putting the Vikings on top 8-0 with 2:09 left in the first quarter.
Sparta got the ball back midfield on its second possession of the second quarter after a poor punt by Holmen.
Raymer hooked up with receiver Shawn Stendel three times for 26 yards and Bier ended the drive with a seven-yard touchdown run as the first-half clock ran out to cut the Viking advantage to 8-6.
Sparta’s two-point conversion try failed, leaving Holmen with a two-point lead.
Both teams failed to score in the third quarter, but Sparta’s defense made a big play at the end of the frame when Gabe Dearman recovered a Holmen fumble deep in Viking territory.
Sawyer Brown ran for four yards, Jasiah Scott broke off a seven yard run and Brown took the ball to the one on a three yard run, before Raymer hit paydirt to give Sparta its first lead of the game.
Bier tacked on the two-point conversion and Sparta held on for the narrow victory.
Holmen threatened late, but the Spartan defense came up big once again, stopping the Vikings on a big fourth down play late in the game.
Brown led the Spartans on the ground with 51 yards on 14 carries, while Scott carried the ball five times or 28 yards and Bier rushed for 18 yards on five carries.
Raymer completed four of nine passes for 21 yards, including three to Stendel for 26 yards and one to Sam Hedrick for 28 yards.