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Springfield football team in "must win" in week #3 vs. Columbiana

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The Springfield football team plays its home opener Friday against Columbiana. And after starting 0-2, if it's not a must win, it's pretty close.

"This is one we got to make sure we get the "W," said Tiger coach Sean Guerriero, whose team is in jeopardy of dropping to 0-3.  "I think this is a must win. I think it's the focal point of the season. This is when it's going to change," said outside linebacker and tight end, Ryan Ohlin.

The Tigers have lost to South Range and Brookfield and in both games scored 14 points. 

Columbiana coach Bob Spaite feels the Tigers are better than what their record shows. "I think there one of the better teams on our schedule and for them to be 0-2 is a surprise," Spaite said.

The Clippers are 1-1 after rallying from a 31-13 deficit to beat McDonald, 38-37 in week 2.  Springfield has won two of the last three games, including last year's 14-13 squeaker.

'They have a couple of good running backs, a good quarterback and we have to stand our ground," said Clippers' cornerback Zach Phillips. 

Spaite knows the Tigers will get things rolling. He just hopes it's after Friday. "If anyone is going to figure it out, it'll be those guys and what worries me is they're going to figure it out in a big way," Spaite said

Guerriero says its the old adage of one play at a time. "We need to keep the ball in front of us, try to steal a couple of turnovers and put some heat on them early," Guerriero said.

Kickoff from Springfield Stadium is 7:00 pm Friday.


BAKER'S DOZEN - Thirteen teams in the Mahoning Valley are undefeated after two weeks.  The biggest surprise is Newton Falls.  The Tigers last started 2-0 in 2009 (They were 3-0 that year) and finished 7-3.

FEMALE PLAYERS - At least five girls are on varsity rosters this season, including a pair at Mathews and one each at Columbiana, Struthers and Valley Christian.

BACK HOME - Akron Hoban Coach Tim Tyrrell is back on familiar ground. He brings his Knights team to Stambaugh Stadium Friday to play Ursuline.  Tyrrell played for the Irish and later at Youngstown State.

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