ALDEN—The Springville-Griffith Institute varsity football team’s season came to an end with a 42-18 loss at Alden Oct. 25.
Springville played Alden even in the first half before substituting non-starters and junior varsity players into the lineup in the second half. Players that didn’t see starting time during the season were rewarded for their dedication with second-half playing time, while the coaching staff also wanted to get a preview of next year’s team by giving a handful of JV players an opportunity to make an impression.
Coach Rob Valenti had stated the previous week that he was looking for the right balance between playing competitive and rewarding seniors with a sendoff via playing time, while getting game-action for sophomore call-ups.
Both teams scored a pair of touchdowns in the first half with Alden going up 14-0 on two touchdown passes from Bryan Cybulski to Christian Snell. The first came just 90 seconds into the contest from 40 yards out, while the second was a 33-yard catch-and-run midway through the first quarter.
The Griffins got going on their final drive start of the first quarter thanks to some solid running by Jordan Salzler, who got Springville on the board on the last play of the first quarter off a 2-yard run.
Then with about five minutes left in the first half, Matt Evans converted on a quarterback-keeper play from a yard out to complete the first half’s scoring at 14-12 in favor of the Bulldogs.
Springville gave up three big run scoring plays in the second half of 95, 24 and 45 yards, while Cybulski threw his third touchdown of the game against mostly non-starting Griffin players to account for Alden’s 28-6 second-half scoring edge.
The highlight of the second half for Springville was a 45-yard pass by one of the sophomore call-ups, Nick Emmick. Kyle Albrecht hauled in the throw as Springville’s final touchdown of the 2017 season in the fourth quarter.
The Griffins finished the season 1-8 with two of the losses being one-score games against Albion (40-34, Sept. 1) and Fredonia/Westfield/Brocton (16-8, Sept. 29) for Valenti, who was in the first year of his second stint at the helm.