SPRINGVILLE - Coming into the 2019 campaign, Springville football coach Joe Martin knew he had a good team.
But exactly how good, even he wasn’t too sure about that?
But, after the Orioles rolled to a 57-26 triumph hosting HLV Friday, Sept. 6, Springville is 3-0 as they head into class 8-player district 3 play this Friday night, and Martin believes his team is capable of accomplishing anything.
“What a great start to the season,” said Martin, as his team raced to a 24-0 advantage, keying the triumph over the Warriors.
“At this point I was hoping we would be 2-1, at best, and to be 3-0 and playing the way we are right now, I think this team is really playing at a high level,” Martin said. “We did a great job of starting out getting stuff over the top of the HLV defense and forced them to make an adjustment. Once they did, we were able to get yards on them in the run and passing games.”
Springville’s early season play has also garnered the team plenty of attention, as two television stations and two newspapers were on hand covering the contest against the Warriors. The Orioles were also on KCRG-TV-9’s On-Iowa Live last Monday night.
“It’s nice when you can get that kind of publicity for your program, and right now the boys have earned that attention,” Martin said. “It’s fun, and hopefully we can keep it going. We’re firing on all cylinders right now and surprising a few people. I’m not sure HLV knew exactly what hit them and we need to keep surprising teams.”
The Warriors weren’t just surprised with the Orioles’ opening drive, they were shocked when Springville quarterback Kyle Koppes connected on a sensational 57-yard pass play that ended with Luke Menster running into the end zone handing the hosts an extremely quick 8-0 lead.
After Koppes took off on a 21-yard scoring scamper later in the opening stanza, the hosts had a 16-0 lead.
And they were just getting started.
Menster got behind the HLV defense again, this time on a touchdown pass play that covered 54 yards, and the Orioles (3-0) were up 24-0.
“We seized momentum there right at the start and I felt HLV was never really able to get it back the rest of the night,” said Martin, as his team led 30-14 at the half.
“They made a few runs at us, but we were able to answer them every time and made sure that it was us in control of this game, and that’s the way I felt it was all night.”
Spencer DeMean and Jacob Hungate added third quarter rushing touchdowns for Springville who extended their lead to 44-20 entering the final frame before the pair of Oriole running backs put the finishing touches on the 31-point romp with each rushing for fourth quarter scores.
“I was extremely happy with what we were able to accomplish on the ground and through the air against a pretty good HLV defense,” said Martin, as his team tallied 216 rushing yards and 204 passing yards.
“Having a nice balanced offense like that is going to make us even tougher to slow down.”
Koppes threw for 204 yards, which also included a second quarter 34-yard touchdown pass to his brother Alex, who led all Oriole receivers with four receptions. Menster finishing with three catches for a whopping 131 yards.
DeMean had another big game on the ground rushing for 130 yards on 14 carries offensively while also helping the defense with a team-high eight tackles that he shared with Grant Gloeckner and Michael Mentzer.
The defense also forced three turnovers with DeMean, Zane Taube and Gabe Dlouhy all recovering HLV fumbles.
“We’re all happy about this 3-0 start and the momentum we’re created heading into district play, but it’s a whole new season now and we need to start building our resume for the post season with a win at Lansing Kee Friday night.”