Springville\'s midget colts
SPRINGVILLE — It took the Springville Midget Colts all the way to the Super Bowl last season. The triple-option offense is primarily associated with the Springville-Griffith Institute High School teams. Coach Tom Poppenberg said he wants the offense to be vertically aligned, from the little league to the varsity program.
“It’s important for this team to learn this offense,” said Poppenberg, about learning the triple-option. “That’s the same offense as the high school is running. To be able to get these kids back to the stadium, on a regular basis, these kids need to learn at a young age what the high school is doing.”
The Colts’ captains this year are Luke O’Neal and Kyle Albrecht. Both players are three-year players on the midget team and have come up through the Colts Pee Wee program.
Luke and Kyle will be the leaders, up front for the Colts as well, anchoring both the offensive and defensive.
“They want to learn and be ready for the JV program [at Springville-Griffith Institute],” said Poppenberg.
“They are very coachable; they’re unique and they want to be here. Every night, they’re out here running hard. They’re always ready to play; they just want to play ball.”
Mason Goodridge will be the team’s quarterback and be handing the ball to running backs Joe Jablonski and Bryson Black. Both backs are two-year midget players. They will run behind an experienced line, that includes Luke, Kyle, Riley Mahoney, Anthony Parisien and Rhett Bunch. Other players that will be key for the Colts include Westley Meade, Jonathan Boberg, and Payton Szudzik.
“My expectations are to progressively get better and have a winning season,” added Poppenberg. “If these kids can buy into this system, it will really help them adjust to the next level.”
Springville took on Ellicottville on Aug. 23.