SPRINGFIELD The Springfield football team first played on Boyce Smith Field in 1939.
Friday night the Yellow Jackets played their last football game on the field 77 years later and the history books will show they came up short to Region 5-4A leaders Pearl Cohn 41-14 to remain perfect in the region.
Springfield came out on fire on both sides of the ball scoring first when quarterback Dewayne Buckner weaved his way through traffic for the 22-yard score, but that was the only lead the Yellow Jackets would have all night.
The Firebirds scored the next three touchdowns to take a 21-7 lead before Springfield would answer on Dayron Johnson’s one-yard sweep around the right end to make it 21-14.
Pearl Cohn scored the next three touchdowns to gain the victory 41-14.
Here are five reasons Springfield weren’t able to close its field with a win.
1 – Pearl Cohn showed why it was undefeated in the region coming into Friday night’s game. The Firebirds are explosive in all of their skill positions.
2 – The Yellow Jackets were unable to hang on to the ball, fumbling three times Friday night, losing all three.
3 – The Pearl Cohn defense scored once and nearly scored two more times Friday night. Jaylan Granberry gathered two of those fumbles, running one of them in and the other to the eight yard line.
4 – Dewayne Buckner was good on the ground, but was 10-for-21-for-95 yards with a pair of interceptions. He also overthrew three receivers that were wide open. Tyquez Steward got both the interceptions for the Firebirds.
5 – Dayron Johnson did a little bit of everything Friday night. Johnson caught six passes for 80 yards, and also had five carries for 28 yards and a touchdown, but Johnson will need help if the Yellow Jackets hope to move on in the playoffs.
Springfield will have to travel to the top seeded Lipscomb Academy Friday in the first round of the playoffs.