The Spartans claimed the trophy Friday in their annual rivalry game with Lindsay High School, winning 28-23.
Strathmore defender Daniel Guzman sealed the win, intercepting a R.J. Rueda pass with just over a minute to play at Spartan Stadium.
The game was close throughout, with Strathmore taking a 14-8 lead at the half on the strength of touchdown passes of 32 and 16 yards from quarterback Carlos Lopez to wide receiver Andrew Avalos.
Spartan running back Javier Moreno scored on touchdown runs of one and 10 yards in the second half, but Lindsay pulled to within a touchdown when Angel Cortes collected a 14-yard scoring strike from Rueda with 4:01 to play.
Moreno led the Spartan offense, rushing for 85 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries. Jade Church added 71 yards on 12 totes.
Lopez had a solid night, completing 13 of 16 passes for 97 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.
Avalos snared six passes for 76, while Jose Rodriguez had three catches for 11 yards for Strathmore.
For Lindsay, Cortes rushed for 55 yards on six carries, while Ricky Diaz added 50 yards on 14 totes.
Rueda did most of the damage for the Cardinals, completing 16 of 24 passes for 172 yards and two touchdowns.
Defensively, several Spartans put up big numbers. Guzman had an interception, a sack and three tackles, and Moreno recorded seven tackles and deflected a pass. Nathaniel Iniguez had seven stops, while Grant Walkridge logged a sack and five tackles, including one for a loss.
The outcome likely means that neither squad will be in the playoffs.
Strathmore finished the season at 4-6 overall and 1-4 in the East Sequoia League, failing to meet the .500 record standard set by the school district for entering the playoffs.
Lindsay ended the season 2-8 overall and 2-3 in the ESL.
Posted: Saturday, November 8, 2014 6:00 am
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