GET THE BALL — A Springville-Griffith Institute player smuggles the ball away from an Alden player during the game at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
SPRINGVILLE — On Monday, Oct. 29, the Springville-Griffith Institute modified football team closed out its season, falling to Cleveland Hill 18 – 6.
“The game was played in miserable conditions and the boys should be complimented for their solid execution, in such inclement weather,” said Coach Ed Bates.
Springville opened the scoring with a 58-yard touchdown, run by Johnny Domes down the sideline, giving the Griffins an early 6 – 0 lead.
“Johnny had a tremendous amount of success this year, both offensively and defensively,” Bates said. “At times, we have to remind ourselves he’s still just an eighth grader.”
Cleveland Hill scored twice, before the first half expired, and took a 12 – 6 lead into halftime.
Starting quarterback Connor O’Brian left the game with a concussion. Taking over at quarterback, as the team’s signal caller, was Jerry Weeks. “Jerry did an admirable job in Connor’s absence,” Bates said.
Bates said that weather conditions deteriorated during the second half of the game, with both teams’ failing to move the ball, consistently.
Although S-GI scored a lone touchdown in the second quarter, Bates applauded the effort of the entire team, especially Marcus James.
“Marcus had some nice runs between the tackles, on a very slippery field,” he said.
Anthony Smith led the Griffins, defensively, with 13 tackles, including eight solo tackles. Domes pitched in with seven tackles and Lexus Pollard led the defensive line, with six tackles.
With the loss, the Griffins finished 3 – 4. Springville outscored its opponents this season 97 – 90 in seven games. All four of the team’s losses were made with two touchdowns or fewer. The defense held opponents to an average of 12.8 points, per game.
“Overall, thoughts are that the kids showed improvement,” Bates said. “As a coach, we always want to be better at the end than in August. We hope that we’re sending our eighth graders to the JV with a solid foundation to be built upon and that our seventh graders have progressed to the point that they can step in next year and contribute, right away. I think a lot of kids accomplished this goal.”