SPRINGFIELD – Springfield’s football team was hoping to get off to a 2-0 start this season, but a Friday visit from Gallatin left them with a 1-1 record heading into Week 3.
Coming into Friday night’s contest, Springfield coach Dustin Wilson emphasized the importance of stopping running back Jordan Mason, but the Yellow Jackets didn’t have an answer for Jordan, who rushed for 213 yards and a pair of touchdowns in Gallatin’s 35-28 victory.
Here’s some takeaway’s from Friday night’s game.
1. Both teams traded touchdowns throughout the first half. After Gallatin scored on a 37-yard pass from Colin Minor to Dezmond Chambers, Springfield quickly responded with a 76-yard return on the ensuing kickoff from Tyreese Cogshell. The play tied the game at 21 heading into halftime.
2. Springfield quarterback Dewayne Buckner left the game during the third quarter. Coach Dustin Wilson did not comment on his reason for leaving the game or his current status. Luke Petitt came in for Buckner and engineered a late-game comeback attempt that came up short. Petitt finished with 51 passing yards in two quarters.
3. Despite the outcome, Wilson feels the contest with Gallatin will better prepare his team for future opponents.
“They gave a 100 percent effort,” Wilson said. “That’s the most positive thing because that’s the one thing you can’t coach.”
1. Mason continued to be the workhorse for the Green Wave. Mason finished the night with 213 rushing yards on 31 carries with two touchdowns. He recorded runs of 35 and 40 yards. As a team, Gallatin rushed for a total of 288 yards Friday.
2. Despite only winning by seven points, Gallatin controlled the ball for most of the game, outgaining Springfield in total yards 376 to 153. Gallatin also finished with 15 first downs, compared to Springfield’s nine. Coach Mark Williams was pleased with his team’s performance.
“It was big for our kids to come out here and get a win,” Williams said. “And number one, Springfield is a great football team, and they’re going to have a lot of success this season. They’ve got some hard-nosed kids, and they never gave up. The good thing that we saw out of our kids is that they never quit, either. I’m proud of the way they came together and played as a team.”
3. Gallatin prevented a comeback from Springfield and sealed the victory after quarterback Petitt was intercepted by Chambers in the final minutes of the game.
Contributing: Tyler Graves, For the Gallatin News Examiner