Pope John Rallies to Beat Sparta, 31-27
Saturday, October 12, 2013 • 7:05pm
SPARTA, NJ - Pope John High School, after trailing by 14 points in the third quarter, rallied for a 31-27 victory over Sparta in a battle of undefeated football teams Saturday at Pope John's field in Sparta.
Sonny Abramson's fifth touchdown pass of the day, a 4-yard strike to Nick Esposito, gave Pope John the 31-27 lead in the fourth quarter.
Abramson also connected with Ryan Izzo (50-yard pass play), Austin Bailey (52-yard pass play), Noah Brown (25 and 87 yards) on touchdown passes in the game, which extended Pope John's record to 5-0.
Sparta (4-1) had gone ahead, 27-24, on Lucas Faria's second touchdown run of the game, from 2 yards away, earlier in the fourth quarter. Matt Seville also threw a 25-yard TD pass to Nick Shlala in the third quarter for Sparta, and kicker John Coleman had field goals of 38 and 21 yards, each in the first half.