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Defense continues to shine for Griffs in 16-8 loss

Bryson Black (#16) sweeps left as Matt Evans (right) and Mike Hannon (left) look on.

BROCTON – Springville’s varsity football team held its longest lead of the season at 8-0 into the second quarter after scoring on its opening possession, but host Fredonia/Westfield/Brocton rallied with the game’s final 16 points to take the contest 16-8 Sept. 29 at Brocton High School.

Springville head coach Rob Valenti called the game, “frustrating, offensively,” while touting the defensive play of Sean Barry.

“We were crushed in terms of time of possession,” Valenti said of just seven total possessions on the night. Two of those resulted in scores – one for each team, while two others ended with punts and another three in down turnovers.

Devin Bruno scored for Springville early with a 5-yard run and Barry added two points via a conversion run. The opposition found the endzone in the second quarter, but the Griff defense halted the conversion pass attempt that left Springville with an 8-6 lead. A late second-quarter 23-yard field goal put Fredonia/Westfield/Brocton ahead 9-8 before the intermission.

BF_6 copyWith a scoreless third quarter, Springville entered the final quarter down by just a point. Bryson Black’s fumble was returned for the game’s final points and sealed the win for the home team. Black recorded a 52-yard average from a pair of punts and added 19 of Springville’s 96 yards on the ground.

It was the first time this season that Springville’s opposition dominated the Griffs in rushing yards with a better than 2-to-1 ratio. Quarterback Matt Evans finished as the team’s top rusher with 42 yards with Bruno not far behind with 33.

Also hindering the Springville offense were five fumbles. Of the five, just one was lost but it resulted in a score for the opposition.

Adding to Valenti’s frustration was the lack of chain movement with Springville netting just seven first downs on the night.

Defensively, Barry had a monster performance with 18 tackles and 1.5 tackles-for-losses. Also having standout defensive performances were Mike Hannon and Josh Steff, who both accounted for 10 tackles each. The defense continued to shine after holding Jamestown scoreless the previous week in the second half and allowing just a single touchdown the entire game against Fredonia/Westfield/Brocton.

Springville travels to Pioneer for this week’s contest Oct. 6 with a 7 p.m. start before returning home to face Olean the following Friday.

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