Springfield and Field will square off tonight at 7 p.m. at Springfield.
Each team has a 4-1 overall record and a 2-0 mark in the Portage Trail Conference Metro Division.
Springfield defeated Norton 26-13 this past week. Spartans senior quarterback Steven Cole completed 9-of-12 passes for 125 yards and two touchdowns.
Spartans junior wide receiver Chase Cole had seven receptions for 91 yards and a touchdown; and junior running back Zack Talbert gained 110 yards on 32 carries and scored a touchdown.
“I thought our team did a good job of playing through a little adversity,” Springfield caoh Kevin Vaughn said. “Our team has been hindered by some minor injuries, and for the team to continue to play at a level that allows us to continue to be successful says a lot about the team. Our staff felt that it was positive to see some of our younger players rise to the challenge when their best was asked of them. We also thought winning on the road during the other schools homecoming is something to be proud of.”
Vaughn said one concern for tonight’s game is penalties. The Spartans were penalized seven times for 70 yards last week.
“That’s too many penalties,” Vaughn said. “We have to play smarter and more disciplined as a team.”
Field enters this game without senior running back Jay Lugo, who is now a student at Streetsboro. Regardless, Vaughn thinks the Falcons are a dangerous opponent because of the other players on the team
“We feel they are a quality opponent and we have a lot of respect for their coaches and the way their kids play the game,” Vaughn said. “To defeat field we need to contain their run game and be successful with ours. We feel that we match up well with them and are very excited for the challenge. Are kids understand that there are not only conference championship implications, but playoff implications as well. Practice has been good this week and hopefully that will transfer onto the field Friday.”
A large crowd is also expected tonight, which excites Vaughn.
“Ever since the Ellet game we have been getting good crowds, and I know Field has been getting big crowds too,” Vaughn said. “It should be a big crowd tonight.”