SPRING HILL — Counting its preseason game, this Springstead unit has outscored opponents 123-0 over the past three weeks, and the icing on the cake was Friday night’s victory over Fivay.
Playing at Booster Stadium, the Eagles ran their regular-season defensive scoreless streak to eight quarters with a 38-0 shutout win over the Falcons, a playoff team in 2010.
Fivay (1-1) averaged 285 yards of total offense per game last season and had 360 in last week’s win over River Ridge. Springstead (2-0) put an end to all of that by holding the Falcons to 121 yards and forcing five turnovers (two interceptions, three fumbles).
Joe Predoehl, a senior linebacker, had the best game of his three-year varsity career. After picking off a Tyler Degen pass early in the game, he recovered a fumble that led to a 5-yard touchdown run by Daniel Wright. Predoehl capped the scoring for the game when he blocked a punt off the foot of Fivay punter Andrew Faulkner on the Falcon 5-yard line. He recovered the ball in the end zone for a touchdown.
“(Predoehl) is the prototypical Springstead player,” Eagles coach Bill Vonada said. “He’s not the fastest, strongest or most talented guy, but he’s always ready to make a play.”
The latest standout in the Springstead backfield also has been a factor of late. Wright, a 5-foot-9, 157-pound sophomore, runs hard up the middle and picked up his first 100-yard game in his second career game. The running back went for 124 yards on 15 carries and two touchdowns to go with a 26-yard reception.
The Eagles will attempt to continue their scoreless streak when the team travels to Anclote next Friday. Fivay gets the week off before picking things back up by hosting Anclote.