SPRINGVILLE - Turning in one of their top defensive performances of the season Friday, Oct. 9, the Springville football team rode a second half shutout to an impressive 38-20 triumph over visiting Midland.
“This was another slugfest of a game, just like most have been with Midland over the last few years,” said Oriole football coach Joe Martin, as his team scored two fourth quarter touchdowns to break open a close game.
“We did a good job of starting and finishing strong and not letting a couple of big turnovers bother us.”
Both of those turnovers resulted directly into Midland touchdowns, the first coming on Springville’s opening series of the game when Eagle Iziek Soper scooped up an Oriole fumble and raced 16 yards into the end zone.
Springville marched right back on their next two possessions however, the first ending with a Spencer DeMean five-yard touchdown run before Bryce Wilson added a one-yard plunge that gave the hosts a 16-6 advantage (after two successful two-point conversions) at the first quarter horn.
Midland scored their lone offensive touchdown of the game in the second quarter when quarterback Carson Hunter found Connor Martin open for a 36-yard strike, and after a successful two-point conversion, the visitors were within two-points at 16-14.
DeMean answered right back for the Orioles, scoring after a 26-yard scamper and with time running out in the first half, the Springville offense marched the football right back into the red-zone yet again, and looked to take firm control of the contest heading into the halftime break.
Instead, another fumble led directly to another Midland defensive touchdown.
“We had two turnovers in the game and both go back for touchdowns,” Martin said. “That’s not something you normally see, but Midland made the plays and took advantage of our mistakes. That’s what good team do.”
Eagle Zain Sauer stunned Springville fans exploding 78 yards down the field after recovering the fumble at the two-yard-line and Midland was right back in the game down just 24-20 at the half.
“I thought our kids did a great job of not allowing that play to get to us at the half, and our defense came out and tossed a shutout in the second half,” Martin said. “Midland made some adjustments at the half, too, but we were able to close this one out with a couple of fourth quarter scores.”
Springville tallied just two points in the third quarter, coming on a safety when Jack Hoogland tackled a Midland runner in the end zone, extending the Orioles’ lead to 26-20 entering the final frame.
The hosts added insurance in the fourth quarter as DeMean and Wilson both found the end zone on runs of one-yard each.
“I think our speed and athletic ability wound up being the difference in this one,” Martin said. “We were able to make a few more plays on offense and grind out this win, much like just about every football game is with Midland, a tough, hard-nosed grind.”
DeMean was sensational once again rushing for a game-high 222 yards on 29 carries leading a 295-yard Oriole ground game.
The Springville defense was outstanding as well holding Midland to 192 yards of total offense as DeMean and Grant Gloeckner led the way with nine tackles each. Luke Menster added eight more.
Springville wraps the 2020 regular season and enters the playoffs with a 5-2 overall record.