Griffins varsity football team falls short in loss to Burgard
The two teams locked in a scoreless first quarter, which saw each team lose a fumble.
The Griffs came out in the second quarter and drove down the field 57 yards, to take the lead on an 8-yard touchdown, run by quarterback Bill Dickinson, with 9:09 remaining, in the first half.
On the drive, running backs Tyler Conklin, Ethan Benz and Chris Phinney all contributed, to get the ball down the field.
Coach John Sopko said that he likes having multiple players who are able to run the ball, effectively.
“It’s much more difficult to game plan for four backs, as opposed to just one workhorse back,” he said. “We have many ground gainers, including our quarterback.”
The Griffs continued with another scoring drive that ended with a 2-yard touchdown, run by Conklin, to make the score 12 – 0 with 1:00 left in the first half.
According to Sopko, Springville was using its ball-control offense, just as he had planned.
“Our offense has the potential to use up the game clock and we knew their offense had quick strike ability,” he said.
Benz and Talon Berry each recorded interceptions in the third quarter and S-GI led 12 – 2, after three quarters.
In the fourth quarter, the Griffs gave up two touchdowns, including one on the final play of the game, to end the day with 16 – 12.
“Coaches have the responsibility for the scouting and putting a game plan together, each week,” Sopko said. “We thought we had a good plan going into the Burgard game and just came up short.”
The Griffins football team will be back in action on Friday, Sept. 21, when they host East Aurora at Pop Warner Field. The kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.