Spartan pride

Dec. 12, 2013 @ 08:48 PM

It’s time for a showdown.

On Saturday night, anyone who makes the trip to Winston-Salem’s BB&T Field should be in for a treat as Durham’s own Southern Spartans football team takes on the Crest Chargers for the 3-AA state championship.

Undefeated in conference play, and 13-2 overall, the Spartans bring a high-scoring, high-flying offense that – as The Herald-Sun’s John McCann noted on Thursday – “lights up scoreboards as if they were Christmas trees.”

A Southern victory would be a great gift for Durham’s high-school football fans, especially the Spartan devotees who’ve followed this triumphant season beneath the Friday night lights.

If they close the deal in Winston-Salem, the Spartans land their first state championship in school history.

That’s a lot riding on coach Adrian Jones and his talented team. We’re confident they can take the pressure.

But there’s no taking the Chargers for granted. They’re 14-1 overall and, like Southern, undefeated in conference play.

While Southern thrives in games where they run up the score, Crest will do all it can to keep that from happening.

Coach Mark Barnes knows what his team’s dealing with when the Spartans take the field.

“We want to limit their number of snaps offensively because they are so explosive offensively,” Barnes told McCann. “If they get us involved in a shootout, that’s going to be an advantage to them.”

We’re counting on the Spartans to play their game, their way, and play it well against a worthy opponent.

If you can’t make the trip to Winston-Salem, catch the game on Time Warner Cable Channel 520 at 7 p.m.

Good luck, Spartans!