Story by Griffin Pritchard | Publisher
Photos Courtesy of Sparta Athletics
CENTRAL ALABAMA SCOREBOARD OFFICE – The Final Four Warriors of a year ago are poised to march into that AISA Class A Championship game this season. Sparta Academy – in Evergreen – will be led by returning signal-caller Parker Spears. Spears – 6-foot-4, 225 pounds – accounted for 3,000 yards of offense and 30 touchdowns last season and was key to the Warriors postseason run.
“We are looking for great things out of him,” said Arlton Hudson, Sparta Football Coach.
But a long, tall Warrior a team doesn’t make. Spears is going to have some targets: 6-foot-4 Bryson Pate and 6-foot Sam Layton. Sparta’s backfield lines up two deep on the depth chart. Benji Harrell and Jamicah Morrow appear to be the one’s on the depth chart coming into next Friday’s season opener against Monroe. Carson Blosser and Tucker Miller will be backing them up.
Hudson: “We made it to the semifinals last year, but our goal is to play for a state championship this year.”
Last season Sparta was a safety away from shutting out Lowndes in the first round of the Class A playoffs and were bounced in the second round by eventual champion Crenshaw.
Morrow and Tristan Bedell, Jeremiah Stallworth and Spears are set to anchor the defense.
The Warriors open the season next weekend against Class AAA Monroe.
Hudson: “They always compete for a state championship, so they will be a tough first game on the road. We didn’t see Pickens (the next game) last year because of Covid. So, we’re looking forward to that game and, overall, we are cautiously optimistic of having a great year. “
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