A victory during the summer of 2012 simply does not appear all that likely for the Sudbury Spartans.
Facing a pair of opponents these past two weeks that should have provided more balanced competition, the Spartans took it on the chin, outscored 88-10 by Sarnia and Oakville.
Even the celebratory atmosphere of the annual NFC Hall of Fame Game could not help the Spartans a whole lot, falling 46-10 to the 2-3 Longhorns Saturday night at Queen's Athletic Field.
Robin Medeiros hauled in touchdown passes of 30 and 50 yards from pivot Kyle Swell in the first quarter as the visiting Oakville crew built up a 22-3 lead at the half.
After a safety touch increased the Longhorns' lead to 16-0, Jermaine DaCosta bulldozed in from the one-yard line before Sudbury hit the scoreboard, with St. Charles College graduate Nick Micelotta splitting the uprights from 26 yards out.
Tocuhdowns from Jared Manchulenko (25-yard pass from Sewell), Sewell (one-yard run) and Luke Zetazate (four-yard run) more than offset the Spartans fourth touchdown of the year in the second half, as Luke Stanford found the end zone from 12 yards out, with Micelotta converting.
The game marked the first time this summer that Sudbury had reached double digits in scoring.
On a more positive note, Sudbury continues to develop a running game, courtesy of former high school player of the year Josh Cuomo. The product of the Lasalle Lancers program finished with 100 yards on 19 carries, while veteran receiver Al Kawa caught four passes for 30 yards.
Ben Fenton and Jacob Lynott led the Spartans defensively, finishing with five tackles each.
With numbers as a clear-cut concern, the Spartans will now benefit from a two-week break, returning to action at home July 28. The locals will welcome the Sault Ste. Marie Steelers to town, looking to avoid a winless 0-8 campaign, with a quarter-final playoff match set for the next weekend.
Posted by Laurel Myers