By Tim Oakley
Throughout this summer, many have witnessed the Springville Griffith school grounds blocked off while each of the three schools undergo much needed improvements. Construction has been plugging along through the past months to tear down failed driveways and rebuild them to be as clean and pristine as ever. Likewise, the boys of the Springville Griffins football team began reconstruction early in the summer months with off-season workouts.
After a disappointing 2017 season that left the team with a record of 0-5 in league play and 1-8 overall, coaches, parents and players quickly worked on the blueprint for how to lead the team to better results. In one week, on Aug. 25, Head Coach Rob Valenti will unveil his team and the fruits of a hard working off-season. The 110th Springville Griffins football team then takes the field in Youngstown, NY to face the Lewiston-Porter Lancers.
This season started quickly for the team, as meetings began as early as January when the team joined parents and players to discuss pre-season goals, activities and the election of executive board officers. The team then began an aggressive training schedule that carried throughout the summer months by setting a 3-day-a-week strength and conditioning schedule.
During a “Summer Check-Ins” gathering, some of this year’s team showed impressive numbers including Aaron Keyser, who bench presses 230 pounds, Sean Barry, who handled 410 pounds on the deadlift and squat lifts, and Jackson Richert, who ran the 40 yard dash in 4.7 seconds.
Official on-field practices began on Monday, Aug. 13, but these young men have been working for months to improve themselves and the team by gaining strength and working together.
Class B Section 6 pre-season rankings have the Griffins ranked 47th heading into this season. The team has four home games on their schedule as of this week. Two matchups hosted at Pop Warner field will be in September as the Griffins open at home in 3 weeks on the 7th against Medina/Webber/Barker (which is either a football team, or a traveling jam band). With less than two weeks before the first game, you can find the team starting at around 7 a.m. at the high school, preparing for practice with the dedication required to perform at the top of their game this season. Go Griffs!