Springfield football team ends season with momentum
SPRINGFIELD — The Springfield High School football team finished with a 3-7 record overall, but head coach Kevin Vaughn said the team ended the season “on a positive note.”
“In week 10, we played Field, and going into it, we kind of felt like Field may have been the better team on paper,” he said. “So we went in kind of loose and with an attitude of ‘what’s to lose?’ Our kids were really clicking and having fun out there. We did a lot of positive things.”
Vaughn said Springfield’s quarterback, junior Chad Baker, had “an outstanding game.”
“He scored four touchdowns three different ways. He threw two touchdown passes to junior Jake Kitchen, he rushed for one touchdown and he actually received a touchdown,” the coach said. “Chad also had two interceptions on defense.”
Overall, Vaughn said, the win was the result of a “great group effort.”
“Chad and Jake had outstanding games, and we also had a young sophomore running back, Deandre Andrus, who rushed for 146 yards,” he said. “Defensively, we played the best game we played all year.”
Vaughn said the 28-14 victory over Field gives the team something on which to build heading into next season.
“We were pretty young, and we did have some struggles throughout the year, some ups and downs, but to play the way we did in week 10 I thought was promising for our future,” he said. “We’ll have just about everybody back next year, as far as our starters go.”
According to Vaughn, the team will lose three seniors who made key contributions to the team to graduation.
“D’Artanyan Stanard played offensive guard. He was a senior captain and he was a very unselfish player. He’s going to be missed,” the coach said. “Jon Hariharan gave us some valuable minutes. He played a little bit at wide receiver, and he was the next guy in line to play defensive back and he got quite a few minutes there. He did a good job. And Aaron Mason was the punter only because he was coming back from two [anterior cruciate ligament] injuries. He really wasn’t supposed to play, but punter was a position on the team where he could contribute to the team.”
Vaughn said Springfield is set up nicely for next season.
“I thought we saw some really good things out of some young players,” he said. “I expect them to do some bigger things next year. We have a lot of kids coming back and we’re excited about that.”
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