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Springfield football hopes to win and snap streak

By mikeb Published: August 25, 2009

Springfield will look to snap a 34-game losing streak with six starters returning
on offense and seven on defense.

Spartans coach Kevin Vaughn, a 1997 Elllet graduate, said junior center Erik Etapa will anchor the offensive line.

"Erik is a smart kid," Vaughn said. "He's a leader. He has been in the weight room a lot in the offseason and he is the strongest kid on the team. He is a pleasure to be around."

Sophomore Dillon Matthews, junior Zack Talbert and senior Dominic Brown will be the primary rushers; and junior Chase Cole and senior Joey O'Neil are threats at receiver.

Senior John Hofer and senior Chris Evans will lead the defense.

"John does it all," Vaughn said. "He's a great kid and a great student, not only in the classroom, but also on the field."

Check Thursday’s Akron Beacon Journal for a special section in the newspaper that previews the 2009 season.

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