Hales jumped out to a three-touchdown lead against Gordon Tech, then hung on to secure an 18-13 victory Friday at Lane in a Catholic League Red matchup.
"It was a good Catholic League Red Conference win for us," Hales coach Randall Townsel said. I thought we ran the ball well and our defense made some key plays."
The Spartans (3-1, 2-0) scored on the game's first play when sophomore Patrick Nelson took the opening kick 76 yards.
On their first possession, the Rams (2-2, 1-1) fumbled on their own 32-yard line. Hales quickly capitalized going 32 yards on two plays and scoring on a 13-yard run by Dale Johnson. Hales scored its third touchdown of the half with 1:30 remaining in the second quarter on a 57-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Donovan Jenkins to Central Michigan-bound Joseph Morrow for an 18-0 lead.
Gordon Tech scored with 40 seconds remaining in the second quarter on a 40-yard touchdown pass to Deon Taylor from quarterback Scott Calderon. The Rams took their opening possession of the third quarter and drove 62 yards in nine plays scoring on a 35-yard pass to Deon Merrill from Calderon to trim the lead to 18-13 with 7:33 remaining in the third quarter.
Gordon Tech stopped Hales on a fourth-and-2 from the Rams' 22-yard line with 1:56 remaining in the game. The Spartans defense returned the favor on the next series and took the ball over with 20 seconds remaining.
"I am really pleased with the way we responded," Gordon Tech coach Bill Jeske said. "We are getting there."