By Tim Oakley
The 2017 Springville Griffiths Varsity team is not having the season they anticipated. After four games, two at home and two on the road, the Griffins have yet to achieve victory.
In each of the games that followed a nail biting loss on a punt return to open the season in Alden, Springville has been outmatched on offense, defense, and special teams.
The defense has been extremely susceptible to the pass, especially deep routes along the sideline.
The offense seems to lack enough creativity to keep the opponents off balance.
The special team play has been back-breaking on many different occasions. To the common spectator, it seems as though the foe they battle each week may have spent a great deal more time in the off season preparing for this year’s schedule. Last Friday, Sept. 22 proved to be another tough loss for the hometown team.
Going into the contest, Springville started with an uphill battle as they were facing the powerhouse Section 6 AA Jamestown Red Raiders. Jamestown has more than double the student enrollment as Springville, and has a robust football department. Midway through the first quarter, Jamestown hit a deep pass, taking the Red Raiders into Springville territory where they later cashed in on a TD run. The Griffins were then forced to punt on their next drive and the special teams literally dropped the ball, causing the play to end with the Red Raiders starting their next drive from SGI’s three yard line. After two Springville fumbles, two punts, and a turnover on downs inside their own 40 yard line, the Griffins went into halftime with a 56-0 deficit.
After halftime, the Griffins managed to score two touchdowns against Jamestown’s second team players. The evening ended with the Griffins falling to 0 wins and 4 losses on the season after suffering a 56-14 loss on the road.
Coach Rob Valenti and the Springville Griffins will get back to work and try to right the ship this Friday, Sept. 29 in Fredonia as they face off against a team comprised of three towns (Fredonia, Westfield, Brocton). The Badgers have lost three straight after winning their opener. From there, Springville will face Pioneer in Arcade and then they will finish the regular season at home against Olean.
The other football teams in Springville have also had eventful seasons. The Junior Varsity team, lead by coach Brian Kader, has a record of 0-4. The Modified Griffin squad, led by Coach Feltz and Coach Shelley, has a record of 1-0-1 in their first season since 2014. The Pee Wee Griffins, lead by Coach Baker, have a record of 2-3.