The Cougars handled Scotts Valley, a San Jose suburb school, 49-35 on the road Saturday afternoon but the game wasn’t even that close. After leading 49-14 in the fourth quarter, the Cougars slowed their attack, allowing three inconsequential touchdowns to shrink the difference.
“We were in better shape (than last week), it was really hot,” Hare said. “The kids really responded well.”
The Spanish Springs coach was particularly pleased with his squads blocking and the run game that resulted.
CJ Carrithers was a direct benefactor of the teams blocking up front romping for 138 yards and three scores on 19 carries. Jeff Jurgensmeier rushed for 63 yards.
Hunter Fralick lives in the mountains but apparently he is a beach boy at heart. Spanish Springs’ quarterback completed 19 of 22 passes for a radical 317 yards and three touchdowns.
And if Fralick is a beach boy at heart, Gehrig Parks is a beach man. Parks hauled in 13 passes for 255 yards and all three of Fralick’s touchdown passes.
The Cougars soaked in the weekend at the beach, going to the boardwalk Friday night and performing walkthrough on the beach Saturday morning.
Hare questioned his team’s toughness after last week’s loss and he believed Scotts Valley provided a fitting test for his team to answer the call.
“They were very physical up front,” Hare said. “They ran right at us.”
Despite his team’s strong response to his criticism, Hare refused to call the win a statement victory.
“In my eight years here we have won a lot of nonleague games and not enough league games,” Hare said. “Our season doesn’t start until the first weekend of October when league starts.”
Spanish Springs improved to 1-1 with the win and hosts Galena Friday.