By Indrek Kongats
Although the Springville Griffins Varsity football team didn’t make the regular post season playoffs, they are tearing their way through the Chuck Funke Memorial Classic for the 9th through 12th seeds.
They call them the boys of fall, but football players have to play in some miserable conditions. At the high school level, they are no longer boys, but very hearty men. Last Friday night, with the temperature hovering around 40 degrees Fahrenheit, a driving rain that was just short of gale force, and pigskin that was more like a greased pig than a football, Springville put it to the Depew Wildcats.
The few fans that did turn out to watch the contest and cheer on their home team got more than their money’s worth.
The first quarter started off tame enough with a touchdown each and a couple of two-point conversions, ending in an eight-all tie.
The second quarter was a completely different story, and set the pace for the rest of the game. Senior quarterback Connor O’Brien led his team down the field, scoring at will, with Ian Baker running like a truck with no brakes.
With just 1:52 left in the half, the Griffs had a commanding 30 to 8 lead before the Wildcats scurried for one more touchdown, ending the half at 30 to 14. Many fans decided enough was enough with their team in full control, started towards the exit and their nearest coffee shop for a steamy brew or hot chocolate. Little did they know that the game was just about to get even more interesting! I won’t call it a great defensive battle, as both offenses seemed to squirt right through the fingers of their tacklers.
Who would have expected a score more common to a basketball game than football game—58 to 42—with Springville coming out on top.
The next step for the guys who hopefully will ward off pneumonia is the Funke Bowl on Oct 27. Springville will meet East Aurora/Holland at the Pioneer High School field at 7:30 p.m. EA/Holland made short work of Tonawanda in the other semi-final, winning 42-0.
The following seniors will be in their final game for SGI: Connor O’Brien, Dan Wirfel, Marcus James, Ian Baker, Ryan Ucci, Lexus Pollard, John Domes, Marcus Ballowe, Trevor Bunch, Jacob Coon and Austin Dycha.
Stay tuned to next week’s Springville Times and the Springville Times Facebook page for the results of Thursday’s game.