In its first year as a school, Springfield High (previously South and North high schools) is still looking for its first win. The Wildcats have lost to Hamilton and Pickerington Central. Defense has been a strength for Springfield, while the offense has mustered just one touchdown. Vandalia-Butler is next on the docket.
SPRINGFIELD — “Come on!”
Those words that Springfield head coach Rick Robertson yelled from the sideline during the Wildcats 30-6 loss at Hamilton on August 22 more or less describe how Springfield (0-2) has performed so far this season.
“Our goal is to be consistent,” Robertson said. “You hear that over and over again in football, or in any sport for that matter, but it’s the truth. Consistency is the key to winning. So far [this season], we’re not consistent.”
Springfield has been consistent on the defensive side of the ball. Springfield’s defense has given up an average of 17.5 points per game thus far and only 280 total offensive yards per game.
“Our defense has put us in situations to win both of our games, but our offense hasn’t clicked yet,” Robertson said. “Most of that is our own fault, especially when you look at the turnover ratio. Hamilton and Pickerington [Central] were both tough on the defensive side of the ball, so you can’t take anything away from them. Just look at Pickerington [Central]. They have [two] defensive backs [Jamie Wood and Pat White] and a linebacker [Zach Boren] who are Big Ten verbals. That’s not an excuse for us, that’s just a fact.”
Springfield’s offense has scored one touchdown so far this season. The play came week one against Hamilton when quarterback Alex Gaskins threw a short pass to wide receiver Zack Burks. Two Hamilton defenders ran into each other, and Burks was able to run 88 yards for a touchdown.
Last week during a 21-0 loss to Pickerington Central, Springfield’s offense accounted for just 76 offensive yards.
“We could move the ball, but then we kept doing stupid, stupid things,” Robertson said. “You can definitely see improvement, but we’re not there yet. We made some positive strides, but we have to keep making improvements. We’re going to work hard to make sure things like [sloppy turnovers] don’t continue to happen.”
Springfield is still trying to settle down at the quarterback position as well. The Wildcats have been rotating in-between junior Jordan Moore, junior Alex Gaskins, and freshman George Walker.
“Of the three, Walker has the best arm,” Robertson said. “[Having many quarterbacks to use] is not a negative. This gives us options on what to do based on the situation.”
While Springfield’s start has been a rocky one, the Wildcats are still positive about the future.
“We’ve still got eight games yet to go,” Robertson said in conclusion. “There’s still a lot to do there.”
Springfield hosts Vandalia-Butler this Friday, September 5, at 7:30.