Spartans remain upbeat

Despite suffering a season-opening loss to Richmond Senior, Sun Valley coach Scott Stein wasn’t exactly hanging his head in this week’s practices.

Stein said he saw several reasons for optimism heading into this week’s game at Charlotte Mallard Creek.

Running back Albert Funderburk is one example. The sophomore ran 13 times for 205 yards and two touchdowns (80 and 55 yards). He also gained 140 yards on five kickoff returns.

“He’s a special kid,” Stein said. “To go 80 yards on one run against Richmond County, in his first time ever starting a high school game, that was nice.”

Senior quarterback Kevin Saxton also was strong, going 23-for-33 for 160 yards. And converted safety Ty Thompson hauled in 11 passes for 80 yards.

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