With the home stands packed for its Homecoming Night, Springtown came up short of a homecoming victory, in a 28-20 loss to Gainesville on Friday night.
“This is probably one of the most athletic teams we’ll face all season,” Springtown head coach Brad Turner said of the Leopards.
Things went awry from the opening kickoff, as the Porcupines, who received, turned the ball over with an interception three plays in.
After allowing a touchdown run by Gainesville’s Jonathan Mendez, that made the score 7-0 eight minutes into the contest, Springtown quarterback Colby Moore threw another pick, giving possession back at midfield.
After a strong stand by the Pojo defense to stop Gainesville’s next possession, the Porcupines took full advantage of getting the football back, cashing in on Moore’s 4-yard connection to Javier Reynoso to even things up.
When the Pojo defense came up big again in the second quarter, after recovering a fumble, Springtown used a 9-play drive to set up Moore’s 10-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Robertson to give them a 14-7 advantage.
But Gainesville bounced back to score on a 17-yard hookup between quarterback Denzel Johnson and David Moore.
Despite a third interception, it was the Porcupines who came out on top at the half, after a school-record 52-yard field goal by kicker Javier Reynoso.
“He hammered it,” Turner said. “It would’ve been good for 60 [yards].”
The kick gave Springtown a 17-14 edge heading into the locker rooms.
“As it turned out, we threw three interceptions, but we still managed to have the lead at halftime,” Turner said.
Unfortunately, Springtown’s momentum didn’t carry over, as Gainesville scored the only points in the third quarter, a 24-yard completion, all but cementing the win with a 74-yard run by Johnson to start the fourth.
The Porcupines would give it one last go, when Reynoso made his second field goal of the night, this time for 37 yards, but couldn’t convert on their final possession.
“We’ve had our struggles in the second half,” Turner said. “We had them at second and long several times, but couldn’t hold them.”
Moore was injured and taken to the sidelines during the last few minutes of the game with an apparent collarbone injury.
Gainesville 28, Springtown 20
GHS 7 7 7 7 — 28
SHS 7 10 0 3 — 20
GHS - Jonathan Mendez 10 run
(Hector Sagrero kick)
SHS - Colby Moore 4 pass to Javier Reynoso (Reynoso kick)
SHS - Moore 10 pass to Tyler Robertson (Reynoso kick)
GHS - Denzel Johnson 17 pass to David Moore (Sagrero kick)
SHS - Reynoso 52 field goal
GHS - Johnson 24 pass to Moore
GHS - Johnson 74 run (Sagrero kick)
SHS - Reynoso 37 field goal
Team stats: GHS SHS
First downs 19 19
Rushes-Yds 37-257 32-101
Passing Yds 101 147
Com-Att-Int 8-17-0 22-42-3
Total Yds 358 248
Penalties 8-50 5-60
Punts-Avg 1-39 1-43
Fumbles-lost 2-0 0-0
GHS - Johnson 11-132 Adam Berryman 18-110; SHS - Tyler Robertson 17-82, Moore 14-34.
GHS - Johnson 8-17-0, 101; SHS - Moore 20-38-3, 118.
GHS - David Moore 5-66, Chris White 1-25; SHS - Dylan Ray 8-54, Ryan Hester 3-36, Bryson Burtnett 6-31.