Springville-Griffith Institute modified football falls short against Iroquois
“We were severely undermanned, due to injuries and the absences,” said Bates.
The boys fell behind by 20 points, heading into the fourth quarter, before Johnny Domes got the Griffs on the board, with a 43-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Jerry Weeks.
“John has matured, both physically and mentally this year,” said Bates.
“Last year, he wasn’t looked upon to take an active a leadership role, as he has this year,” the coach continued.
“He works very hard in practice and it carries over to games. He has a tremendous amount of success, this year, both offensively and defensively, and at times, we have to remind ourselves he’s still just an eighth grader. He’ll make his share of mistakes, but rarely the same mistake twice,” Bates said. The Griffs scored again quickly, but were unable to capitalize again, late in the fourth.
Defensively, Zack Heary led the team with eight tackles, including flipping the field on a tackle for loss, as the Iroquois punter handled a bad snap. “He was just all over the field,” Bates said.
Weeks had six tackles, including two for loss, as Bates said that he “played a very strong game, at linebacker.”
Connor O‘Brian continued to be a “ball hawk” in the secondary, recording his fourth and fifth interceptions of the season, and Marcus James also had an interception in the game.
The boys finish their season with Cleveland Hill at home on Oct. 29 at 4:30 p.m.