By Rich Place
The Springville Griffins’ two touchdowns in the second quarter and an offensive output of 289 yards — including 185 through the air — weren’t enough to defeat the Olean Huskies last week behind a four-touchdown performance by their senior running back.
Alex Weakfall sprinted for touchdowns of 58, 53 and 63 yards in the first quarter alone and had a kickoff return for a touchdown in the second quarter to power Olean past Springville, 42-14, at Bradner Stadium last Friday.
Bryson Black scored a pair of touchdowns in the second quarter on runs of 41 yards and 7 yards for Springville’s two scores in the game. Jake Schreiber tallied both extra points.
On the stat sheet, the Griffins were competitive despite the 28-point loss: they had more first downs than Olean (13 to 10), won the turnover battle 4 to 5 and tallied nearly twice the plays, 64 to 35. Plus, Springville quarterback Nick Emmick again shined by going 18-for-30 for 185 yards.
Black ended the game with 96 yards and those two touchdowns for Springville.
But Weakfall, who ended the game with 201 rushing yards on only 14 carries, was part of the 312 rushing yards for Olean compared to Springville’s 104 on the ground.
“He knows when to cut and what holes to hit, and he just hits them hard,” said Olean left guard Alex Pantuso, a senior captain on the offensive line, about Weakfall. “He didn’t get touched sometimes.”
Said Huskies coach Phil Vecchio: “It was the Alex Weakfall show.”
Weakfall has rushed for 390 yards and six touchdowns in two games since missing Olean’s opening 37-6 loss to Albion for disciplinary reasons. In turn, the Huskies (2-1) have won
two straight to turn around their season.
The Griffins remain on the road in week 4 searching for their first win. They’ll travel to Lackawanna for a game this Saturday at 1 p.m.
“We haven’t played Lackawanna since 2010,” said Springville head coach Rob Valenti earlier this year. “They are back on the schedule as a league game, so that restores quite a bitter rival — bringing it back from the ‘90s when Springville and Lackawanna were winning state titles.”
(Olean Times Herald reporter Shawn Campbell contributed to this report.)