Highlights: Springfield downs Columbia, advances to regional final


Tigers to play Mogadore for a Regional Championship next Saturday

MARLINGTON, Ohio (WKBN) – Led by standout quarterback Beau Brungard, the Springfield Tigers continued their quest for a third straight state final appearance.  The Tigers jumped out to a 17-0 lead and then held off a second-half rally by the Columbia Station Raiders to pull out a 30-13 victory.

The Tigers improve their record to 12-1 on the year, but more importantly, the win advances the Tigers to a Division VI, Region 21 championship game next Saturday night with the Mogadore Wildcats.  The site for the game will be announced by the OHSAA on Sunday afternoon.

The Raiders close the season with an 11-2 record.

Brungard would rush for 248 yards on the night, 150 in the first half as he scored a touchdown rushing and another through the air.  Bo Snyder also had a big game with 70 yards rushing and two touchdowns.

“Our run game is going to go through him. Our offense is going to go through him. We had to deal with the elements, and we didn’t throw as much as would have on a normal night. He is an exceptional athlete,” Tigers coach Sean Guerriero remarked about Brungard on a cold windy game night.

The Tigers opened the contest with an 11-play, 69-yard drive with Bo Snyder blasting in from 2-yards out.  That gave the Tigers a 7-0 lead at the 4:52 mark of the first quarter.

They would add to their lead early in the second frame when they drove to the Raiders 1, but a false start penalty forced the Tigers to settle for a 22-yard field goal to increase their lead to 10-0.  That boot came with 9:30 left in the first half.

Brungard would connect with Nick Slike on a 39-yard touchdown to give the Tigers a 17-0 advantage with 6:02 remaining in the second quarter.  Brungard would connect on 6 of 10 passes for 69 yards on the night.

The Tigers’ defense would also have a big night as they held the Raiders to just 98 rushing yards on the night.  But their biggest stand came last in the first half when the Raiders reached the Tigers 3-yard line.  The Raiders would suffer a negative play followed by two incomplete passes to be denied a score.

“That was really big,” Brungard stated. “The whole game I thought we stopped them well. They had some big plays and got down into the red zone and we were able to stop them. That was a big momentum shift right before halftime.”

“Defensively, I think we have been playing our best ball the past couple of weeks,” Guerriero added. “They hit a couple big plays on us, which at this level and the athletes, they are going to make plays. We just need to make sure to keep them out of the end zone.”

The Tigers patted their advantage on their first possession of the second half when Brungard scored on a 5-yard run to make it 24-0.  The score with 4:07 left in the third quarter.

The Raiders answered with a touchdown of their own at the 2:59 mark of the frame when quarterback Andrew Champaign raced around right end 22-yards.  That made it 24-7 in the Tigers favor.

Snyder would score his second touchdown on the night with just 4-seconds remaining in the third quarter to push their lead to 30-7.  The score was set up by a 36-yard run by Brungard> The Raiders closed the scoring in the game with a 30-yard pass from Champaign to Owen Menge to make it 30-13.  That touchdown came with 9:59 remaining in the game.

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