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Football Griffs’ rocky start leads to loss at Pioneer

Scott Bove (#55) wraps up a Pioneer player with help from Josh Steff (#77) as Phil Piatko (#64) and Bryson Black (#16) close in.

YORKSHIRE – Although the first two Springville possessions resulted in turnovers, only one resulted in a score. The Griffs allowed two more scores in the second quarter and the teams played scoreless the second half that resulted in a 22-0 win for Pioneer during their Homecoming game.

One thing Springville did better than the Panthers was possess the ball with a 3-1 margin in 36 minutes to 12, but a combination of miscues starting with turnovers didn’t help Springville create any momentum.

The bulk of those miscues were the result of a combination of turnovers, penalties and a single third-down conversion. Of the two Griff turnovers, both came from the passing game in the first quarter. The first was a backward incomplete pass that was ruled a fumble that gave Pioneer possession deep in the Springville end, while the other was an interception.

FB_4 copyThe fumble was recovered by Pioneer’s Mike Rigerman, who would score the Panthers’ final touchdown after a pair of rushing touchdowns from Wake Kless from four and 29 yards out, respectively. Kless finished as the top Panther runner with 90 of his team’s 179 rushing yards.

Springville utilized both quarterbacks Matt Evans and Bryson Black, but neither could generate any productivity from the passing game that included a pair of completions for negative yardage.

The Griffs did manage to accumulate 106 rushing yards led by Jordan Salzler’s 65 followed by Devin Bruno’s 31 – as the team’s top-two ground gainers.

Defensively, three players accounted for 32 tackles. Josh Steff led the defense with a dozen stops with three being solo and one for a loss. Scott Bove wasn’t far behind with 11 stops (three solo) with a pair of tackles for losses, while Mike Hannon added nine with two solo stops.

Beyond that trio was Andrew Lazarus with six tackles and Black with five. Sean Barry was on a pace for a solid defensive game with three tackle assists until an injury sidelined him in the first quarter.

Springville will be looking for its first win this Friday when they host Olean Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. at Pop Warner Field in the team’s last home game of the season.

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