a 29-yard reception from quarterback Connor O’Brian. Photo by Dave DeLuca.
SPRINGVILLE — The Springville-Griffith Institute modified football team evened out its record with a 31 – 6 win against visiting JFK on Oct. 24.
Johnny Domes started the scoring by finishing off the opening drive with a 2-yard touchdown run, as the Griffins took a early lead. After the Springville defense forced a three and out, quarterback Connor O’Brian hooked up with Colby Adamski, for a 29-yard pass play.
Domes finished off the drive with a 5-yard touchdown run and would go on to have touchdown runs of 50 and 65 yards, en route to finishing with 139 yards rushing.
Ryan Smith followed Domes, with a 55-yard touchdown run before the half, as Springville took a 25 – 0 halftime lead. Jerry Weeks also contributed for the Griffins on the ground, as he added 40 yards.
The Griffins finished with a season-high 257 yards, on the ground. Coach Ed Bates said that this focus was something the team emphasized all week, during practice. “We really focused on our blocking assignments this week, during practice,” Bates said. “Not only having kids memorize the plays, but the footwork was important. as well. Coach and I really emphasized to the kids that lead first short step in turning the guy across from them. Then, we challenged our backs to hit the hole hard, which I felt they really accomplished.”
Springville was led by defensive lineman Lexus Pollard, with seven tackles. Pollard also got a chance to the run the ball on offense, as he had a 27-yard run.
“Lexus at this level can really be a man amongst boys,” Bates said. “When he’s at a size advantage, he can really wreak a lot of havoc in the backfield. We’ve also been working with him on technique, so that when he gets to higher levels, he can be just as successful. He’s a very hard worker, a great listener and the kids enjoy watching him be successful.”
Others contributing on defense were Anthony Smith, who had eight tackles for the defensive effort, Zack Heary with six tackles and Austin Coon with four. The Griffins took on Cleveland Hill on Oct. 29.