Lithia Springs concluded its season Friday night with a home loss to North Springs, 37-0, in a Region 6-AAAAA matchup.
A bit dejected after the loss, Lithia Springs coach Kevin Hill summed up the season with very few words.
“It's just been a tough year,” said Hill, who was in his first season as the head coach after serving the previous year as the offensive coordinator.
The Lions end their season at 1-9 overall and 1-6 in the region. North Springs advances to next week’s Class AAAAA playoffs as the No. 4 seed to meet Region 5-AAAAA champion Arabia Mountain.
Lithia's lone win on the season was a narrow victory against back on Sept.14 at Lakewood Stadium. The loss to North Springs (6-4, 3-4) was the Lions sixth straight loss and marked the third time this season they were held scoreless.
There weren't any bright spots in the season finale for the Lions.
Falling behind 14-0 early in the second quarter, one of Lithia's best players on the season was down.
Senior quarterback Nanakofi Sarpong had a helmet-to-helmet collision that required assistance off the field. North Springs was flagged on the play.
Sarpong was said to be recovering okay following the game.
With their leader and one of their better players out, Lithia struggled getting any positive yards at all.
Ashtrein Duncan, in for Sarpong, was intercepted by Jahvon Millard, who returned it 22 yards for the touchdown, putting North Springs ahead 21-0 with just under six minutes in the half. Lithia turned the ball over four times.
While the Lions struggled, the Spartans had their way.
Brian Adams found Jalen Delaney for a leaping touchdown catch in the back of the endzone late in the second quarter to help North Springs take a commanding 27-0 lead into halftime.
Millard added a rushing touchdown for the Spartans in the third quarter, and North Springs converted on a late field goal for the final, 37-0.
"I enjoyed working with our seniors," Hill said. "Wish we could have sent them off better. They came in and worked their butts off.
Though they haven't had much success in years past, Hill is hopeful things can change.
"We know what we have to do to improve for next year,” he said. “We got a number of players thats coming back. We are just going to try to capitalize off the positive things we did this year, and improve on that."