Submitted by Coach Brian Kader

Last week Tuesday, the Springville JV Griffins opened their season with an 8-6 victory over the

Franklinville/Ellicottville Titans on Pop Warner Field.  AJ Slippy scored the lone touchdown for the Griffs on a 65-yard reception from QB Tom Orndorff. Cole Baker caught what proved to be the winning conversion from Orndorff following the score.

With the Griffs up 8-0, a turnover on a muffed punt set up the Titans for their only score of the game. After a penalty brought back a successful 2 point play, Slippy made a solid tackle to keep the Titans out of the endzone on the retry.

The Griffs defense played extremely well as they were on the field for a majority of the game. Baker led the way with an interception and a fumble recovery.  Eric Pruitt led the team with six tackles, and sacks were recorded by Zach Scime and Rhett Butzer.

On Saturday morning, the Griffins traveled to Medina to take on the Mustangs and fell just short in a hard-fought 14-6 contest.  The defense once again kept the Griffs in the game as they forced four turnovers.

Slippy had an interception in Springville’s end zone to stop a Medina scoring chance and Devin Hitchcock, Alex Elkins and Pruitt all recovered fumbles for the Griffs.

One of those fumble recoveries set up the lone Springville score of the game.

Orndorff ran in a 1-yard touchdown run to pull the Griffins within 2 points at 8-6 early in the 4th quarter. Unfortunately, the Griffs would not reach the endzone again.  Elkins led the Griffs on the ground and Pruitt came up with a huge 4th down reception to keep a late drive alive.

Defensively, the Griffs were led by Butzer who had 11 tackles, Pruitt added 9 and Hitchcock chipped in with 8.

The boys will travel to Olean this week to take on the Huskies in a Thursday night tilt at 6 p.m.