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Griffins varsity football nets back to back wins with shutout victory against Dunkirk

SPRINGVILLE — The Springville-Griffith Institute varsity football team recorded its second consecutive win of the season, with a 20 – 0 shutout victory, against Dunkirk on Friday, Oct. 5.

The Griffins, coming off of their first win of the season the previous week against Pioneer, jumped out to an early 7 – 0 lead on a 6-yard touchdown run by Tyler Conklin, with 2:09 remaining in the first quarter.

Coach John Sopko credited his offensive line for the successful running game against Dunkirk. “We ran a lot to the C and D gaps, this week,” he said.

“We are getting great effort from our young center Bryce Stedman, our guards Reed Lipowicz and Brandon Ball. Ball has been crucial in lead blocking for Conklin on rushes to the right side.”

The Griffins added to their lead on a 8-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Bill Dickinson to Ethan Benz, with 59 seconds left in the first half, to make the score 13 – 0 S-GI.

Dickinson said the touchdown was important, given the situation of the game. “The touchdown to Benz gave us a 2-touchdown lead, with the first half coming to a close,” he said.

“I just put the ball in a spot that I felt only Ethan could catch it and he made a spectacular diving catch.”

S-GI stepped up its defense and the Griffs recorded 9 quarterback sacks, from five different players.

Tyler Studd and Ball each had 3 sacks. Talon Berry recovered a fumble and Ryan Cordova had an interception.

Studd called the game a total team effort. “It was a great all-around job by our defensive front,” he said. “We were really motivated tonight. It’s funny what someone can say to you that really gets you going. We just didn’t let up, for four quarters.”

Dickinson threw his second touchdown of the game to Justin DeWitt on an 18-yard hookup that put the Griffins on top, by a score of 20 – 0.

Benz credited the coaching staff in readying Springville for the game against Dunkirk.

“We had great play from our offensive and defensive lines,” he said. “We were well prepared to stop Dunkirk’s offense by our coaches and scout team, in practice.”

With the win, the Griffins improved their record to 2 – 4 on the season.

With Pioneer’s losing, the Griffs still have a shot at making the playoffs. If S-GI beats Olean in its last game of the season, it will make the A round of the playoffs, as the sixth seed.

The Griffins will look to make it three wins in a row, when they travel to take on Olean’s team in their regular season finale on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 6:30 p.m.
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