Spartans upset champs

The Forks Spartans celebrate Friday night after their 14-12 win over Montesano. Photos by Lonnie Archibald.


An oppressive Forks defense put down defending 1A state champion Montesano in a 14-12 upset win at Spartan Stadium last Friday night.


After nine straight losses to the Bulldogs, the Spartans put a touchdown on the board in their opening drive to spike a 7-0 lead — and never looked back.


Andrew Armas caught a 70-yard bomb from the arm of quarterback Javier Contreras in the third quarter to put Forks up 14-6.


The Bulldogs scored their first touchdown in the second quarter, but the Spartans blocked the point after try.


With 2:25 left in the final frame, the Bulldogs ended up in the end zone and decided to try for the tie with a two-point conversion.


But the Spartans stopped it, revenge for a failed two-pointer in the third overtime of the previous week’s heartbreaking homecoming loss to Tenino.


Now 1-1 in league play, 2-3 overall, the Spartans travel to Rainier this Friday.

The Mountaineers, 0-3, 1-4, lost to Tenino 56-7 last Friday.