Spring football: Springstead 33, South Sumter 0
Springstead 33, South Sumter 0
Spring game-breakers: During last season’s spring game, Nathan Sims burst onto the scene with a performance to remember in his varsity debut, catching two touchdowns and returning a kickoff for another in the Eagles’ win over Anclote. Thursday night the rising junior made his debut under center and showed how dangerous he can be in that position as well. On the opening drive, he broke a 41-yard touchdown run to put Springstead up. It was the first of three rushing scores for Sims (11 carries, 155 yards). He also passed 1-of-2 for 21 yards on a completion to FB Damien Giles. …RB Randy Morgan (22 carries, 109 yards, two TDs) was among area leaders in 2016 with 11 touchdowns. He and rising sophomore Giles (12 carries, 62 yards) should be the main ball carriers for the Eagles after the graduation of 900-yard rusher Demetrius Barry. …Rising junior Max Gabbard blocked a punt by South Sumter in the first quarter, giving the Eagles good field position that resulted in Sims’ second touchdown run. He also recorded a sack in the third quarter.
Did you know? Springstead’s search for a placekicker might be over. Gabbard attempted the first two extra points, missing both. Max O’Rourke made the last three attempts easily. … Sims played QB for the Springstead junior varsity as a freshman and led the team to a 6-0 record two years ago. … Defensively, Springstead forced five fumbles and stopped the Red Raiders twice in the red zone without surrendering any points. Eagles coach Mike Garofano spent most of the spring preaching about turnover differential and his team delivered, winning the battle 2-0 with an interception by Parker Knight and onside fumble recovery by Ryan Cowan.
Audible I: “I felt like we played a pretty complete game. Defensively, we got after it. We did a good job of rotating guys out and keeping guys fresh. On offense, we have a few guys who can hit a crease and take it the distance, and you saw that tonight.” – Garofano
Audible II: “We are ready for anything. We’re going to fight every time out.” – Morgan