SPRINGFIELD – Springfield coach Dustin Wilson called it the biggest win of his high school football coaching career.
His squad ended a 14-game losing streak against Gallatin on Friday, winning 17-14 to give the Yellow Jackets their first victory over the Green Wave since 1981.
Senior Timmie Barbee was a big source of the Springfield offense, rushing for 164 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries.
“I’ll probably say this a lot this year, but Timmie’s special,” Wilson said. “He had a great first half. I think I, as a play caller, need to learn how to separate his carries more, but it’s hard not to give the ball to him.”
Barbee helped Springfield (2-0) jump out to a 17-0 halftime lead with scoring runs of 74 and 4 yards, mainly coming from the read option.
“It starts with the offensive line,” Barbee said. “You tell them that they’re the ones to start it up front. They maintained it the whole game.”
Gallatin (0-1) managed just two first downs in the first half, as it was without starting quarterback Julian Meador (back). Sophomore Wyatt Hayes started instead, and completed four of eight passes, but managed only 22 yards.
Gallatin was guilty of nine penalties in the game.
“We shot ourselves in the foot a lot,” Gallatin coach Mark Wiliams said. “We had some silly penalties. There’s plenty of blame to go around. I think our players had teachable moments tonight and they can learn from this.”
Gallatin sophomore Jordan Mason tried to get the Green Wave back in the game with two second-half touchdown runs (of 4 and 2 yards), but Springfield was able to run off the final 4:06 after Mason’s second score.
It sent Springfield away with another rivalry victory after the Yellow Jackets defeated Greenbrier last week.
“That’s two rivalry wins in a row,” Barbee said. “Two good ones. It’s been a long rivalry (with Gallatin).”