NEW MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (WKBN) –
Behind the running of junior tailback Austin Tindell and the
passing of Beau Brungard, the Springfield Tigers walloped the Columbiana
Clippers Friday night at home 35-0. The
victory improves the Tigers to 3-0 on the season, while the Clippers drop to
“It’s a pretty big win,” Tindell stated. “They (Columbiana) are predicted to be a pretty good team and we just came out and played as best as we could.”
“I ran well because my line blocked well for me and basically they made all the holes,” Tindell added. Tindell would accumulate 121 yards on the night on 23 carries, including 1 touchdown.
“For us, we are going to continually try to give our playmakers the ball,” Tigers head coach Sean Guerriero said. “If we can get them in space I think we have a lot of playmakers. But upfront I thought we dominated tonight, and that was one of our goals.”
Tigers quarterback Beau Brungard would complete 9 of 16 passes on the night for 111 yards and a touchdown. He would also rush for 48 yards on 6 carries and a touchdown. He would also add a touchdown on defense with his 75-yard return.
While the Tiger offense put up big numbers, it was the Tigers defense that really set the tone for the game. They limited the Clippers to a total of 131 yards, including only 42 on the ground. They also forced the Clippers into committing 3 turnovers including an interception return in the third quarter.
“Our defense came out, and with how many playmakers they have, I thought our defense did a great job just doing their job. Between our secondary playing man and our defensive linemen and linebackers stopping the run and getting a rush on (Jakob) Cross,” Guerriero remarked.
“We didn’t execute worth a fiddler’s damn,” Clippers head coach Bob Spaite stated. “Right from the jump they did whatever they wanted. We had three or four ways we were going to attack them, and it all goes down the toilet if you don’t execute. What we have, four turnovers tonight? You’re not going to survive against a good team. It’s just not going to happen. Ultimately that comes back to me.”
The Tigers forced the Clippers into a quick three and out to start the game and then scored quickly on just a four-play possession with Garrett Walker hauling in a perfectly thrown 21-yard pass from quarterback Beau Brungard. That touchdown came with 9:23 left in the opening stanza.
On the Tigers third possession they utilized a methodical 12-play 76-yard march to go up 14-0 on a 25-yard run by Brungard. Brungard rolled to his right, then found a seam and raced across the field for the score at the 9:47 mark of the second quarter.
The Tigers really decimated the Clippers just before halftime when Clippers quarterback Jakob Cross found his receiver Hunter Woodring across the middle of the field, but Woodring would lose the ball on the tackle with the Tigers Garrett Walker recovering at the Clippers 33 with 4:09 before halftime. From there the Tigers would use 6-plays to capitalize on a 4-yard run by Austin Tindell to give the Tigers a 21-0 lead at intermission.
“The same thing happened in week one,” Spaite referenced a 21-14 loss to Akron Manchester. “It’s so hard to come back from that and you won’t do it against a good team. I’m not blaming these young men at all. Ultimately it’s my responsibility to make sure that crap doesn’t happen.”
The Tigers would put the final nail in the Clippers coffin in the third quarter when Brungard would pick off a Jakob Cross pass at his own 25, and raced 75-yards for a touchdown return. That score gave the Tigers a commanding 28-0 lead with 4:31 remaining in the third quarter.
The Tigers would add a late touchdown on a 6-yard run by Aaron Groner to reach the 35-0 final score. Groner’s run would come with just 3:11 remaining in the game.
Columbiana will start EOAC league play next Friday when they host Southern Local. Springfield will travel to Lowellville in an MVAC season opener.
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