By Tim Oakley
The 2017 Homecoming Varsity football game between the Griffins and the visiting Depew Wildcats didn’t go quite as planned. As per usual, the stands were packed tight enough to make one question themselves “where does personal space end.” The standing room throughout was also congested with the happy smiling faces that make our town special—the family-like atmosphere that can only to be found in Springville. The unity of the town is also apparent on the field, as the Griffins walked onto the field hand in hand, together as one. From there though, things didn’t exactly go their way.
Early in the first quarter, Depew quickly moved the ball down field and took a 8-0 lead on the back of a quality passing game. Springville struggled to move the ball for almost the entirety of the first quarter. In the second quarter, No. 32 Sean Berry and No. 9 Devin Bruno started to gain some yards while running hard through the “A gap” between the center and the guard. It was Depew’s night though as No. 7 Joe Pagano show a considerable amount of talent as a passer. He amassed over 175 yards in the air. The Wildcats finished the first half with a touchdown and sent the Griffins to halftime with a 22-0 deficit.
Springville came out of halftime with a bit of a chip on their shoulders and played a strong half of football. No. 77 Trevor Maracle and No. 75 Michael Hannon Jr. controlled the line of scrimmage by exerting their will upon the opponents. Springville ran the ball for a total of 147 yards, but were only 1-8 on third downs and could not stop the Wildcats’ offense.
The Griffins ended the night with a loss by the score of 30-6 with No. 16 Bryson Black scoring SGI’s only touchdown on a 15-yard QB keeper. The loss brings Springville down to a 0-3 record with all three losses in conference.
The Varsity team is headed to Jamestown this week to face the Red Raiders in a non-conference game at 7 p.m. They will try to get back on their feet against a strong Jamestown football program. The Red Raiders are 3-0 and have not allowed the opponent to score in the last two games, winning by a combined 60-0 while playing in the larger AA conference. All that being said, Springville defeated Jamestown at home last year by a score of 32-21. Springville’s next home game will be when they host Olean on Oct. 13.