WICHITA, Kan.—The lights were on, the parade went by and the speakers blared, "Spartans! What is your profession?" over Wichita Collegiate School's crowd. Everyone was excited to see the Spartans go up against the undefeated Maize South Mavericks in Wichita Collegiate's homecoming game on Friday October 6th.
The entire game was a series of stalemates. The Spartans received the first kickoff and senior Marcus Phox ran the ball to the Mavericks' 32-yard line, but the Spartans couldn't get a touchdown. Maize South got the ball and fumbled it away, but the Spartans still failed to score.
Maize South and Wichita Collegiate went back and forth for several minutes, neither team able to score, until the Mavericks fumbled again. The Spartans added six more before the half on a 10 yard pass play from Root to Phox. Moxley converted the extra point for a 14-0 lead.
The Mavericks got on the scoreboard before the half when Kale Bulloch intercepted a pass. That set up a pass play from Chase Bell to Ridge McDonald for Maize South to put the Mavericks on the board before the intermission.
The Mavericks tied it up in the third quarter when Jesse Rogers ran the ball 60 yards for a touchdown. Phox set up the final score of the game with a run to the 15-yard line. Collegiate decided to go for the field goal. Moxley’s three point score was the final points for either team – and proved to be the game winner. Moxley said he was nervous about the kick.
"I was definitely a little nervous before the kick, mainly because I wanted to make up for the missed field goal that I had earlier in the game," said Moxley.
The final score was 17-14 with the Spartans emerging from their homecoming game victorious.
The Spartans and Mavericks are both 5-1. The Spartans' next game is Friday at the Circle High School field against Trinity Academy.