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Homestead's D sees improvement

The gap expanded quite a bit for the Homestead football team in nine weeks.

In the season opener, the Spartans beat Huntington North 57-43 (14 points), and in the sectional opener, the increased it to 68-17 (51 points).

"That team put a lot of points on us at the beginning of the season, so it's good to see our kids come out and play a little bit better," Homestead coach Chad Zolman said of the play of the defense.

The Spartans held the Vikings to 174 yards of total offense and 3.2 yards per play.

The biggest area of concern, though, coming out of the win was the kickoff team, which gave up a return for a touchdown to the Vikings' Zach Goetz.

"They did a good job of setting up a wall," Zolman said of the Vikings. "We saw it on film and didn't do a very good job of covering it. That hurt us. We have stuff to work on, that's for sure. We have to make sure we get a little better in those areas."

Homestead, though, got three special teams scores of its own in two kickoff returns and a blocked punt that was recovered in the end zone.

High School Sports Editor Greg Jones on prep sports.

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