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Griffins varsity football comes up short against East Aurora

SPRINGVILLE — The Springville-Griffith Institute varsity football team fell to 0 – 4 on the season, with a 14 – 6 loss to the East Aurora Blue Devils at Pop Warner Field on Friday, Sept. 21.

East Aurora took an early 14 – 0 lead, but the Griffs got back into the game, late in the first half. On a third down and seven play, quarterback Bill Dickinson connected with junior Andrew Suffoletto on an 19-yard touchdown pass, with 44.7 seconds left in the half, making the score 14 – 6.

Coach John Sopko said that he prepares his team ahead of time, for these situations. “We don’t let them slow down and allow for their loss of focus,” he said. “We were playing wounded, with several injuries, but we continued to battle.”

The coach said that he was pleased with the last drive of the half that ended with the Suffoletto touchdown. “Suffoletto played extremely well in the game,” he said. “He really stepped up for us, with that play and his other long play, down the sideline.”

The Griffs’ defense kept them in the game heading late into the fourth quarter. Senior Tyler Studd recorded 2 quarterback sacks. “Studd played very well in this game, but was also hobbled by an injury,” Sopko said.

S-GI had a chance to tie the game on its final possession, but came up short in pursuit for victory No. 1, on the season.

Sopko said he is already getting his team ready for next weekend’s opponent. “It is homecoming week and we’re playing Pioneer, so that should help motivate us,” he said. “It is tough right now, but we have to move forward and shift all of our focus to playing Pioneer, on Friday.”

The Griffins football team will be back in action on Friday, Sept. 28, when they host Pioneer Central School at Pop Warner Field. The kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
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