The Superior High School freshman football team won its third straight game with a 12-6 win Thursday at Rice Lake.
With the Warriors leading 6-0, Tre Knight returned the second-half kickoff for an 80-yard touchdown. It was the third touchdown return this season for Knight.
In the third quarter, Rice Lake put together an 8-minute drive that started at its 36-yard line. But the Spartans came up with a goal-line stand and took over at the 1-yard line.
The Spartans then drove 99 yards on 12 plays and scored the winning points on Robert Rhea’s 14-yard run. Key plays on the eight-minute drive were a 42-yard pass from Gunner Johnson to Nick Fernando, a Knight 10-yard run and a key first-down run by C.J. Fortune, who replaced an injured Knight.
Defensively, Fortune led the Spartans with 17 total tackles, Blake Graskey added 15 tackles, Zach Tharge had eight and Knight five along with an interception.
The Spartans limited Rice Lake to 1of-15 on third-down attempts. Superior also forced three fumbles.
The SHS freshmen will at home for the first time Thursday, playing a split-schedule hosting Eau Claire North at 4:45 p.m. and Hermantown at 6:45 p.m. Both games are at Ole Haugsrud Field.