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Opening Day a continuation of offseason work

Making a run through the Southtowns and our next stop Springville where the  Griffins were hard at work during second of two sessions Monday.

Springville is coming off 7-1 season in which it lost in Class B semifinals to eventual Section VI champion Cheektowaga.

While Monday is first team practice for the season, it's really become a continuation of the work most programs have done during offseason, which includes passing and linemen camps.

"It's good to compete against other faces," Springville coach Eric Jantzi said. "That stuff is big as far as seeing how we match up or how we don't match up."

The Griffins return four two-way starters - eight total, including running back Ian Baker. He averaged 7.2 yards per carry.

As a way of preparing for postseason, Springville faces two Class AA teams - Frontier in Week Two and Jamestown in Week Five.


In regards to playoff preparation, Bishop Timon-St. Jude changed its approach, putting together an extremely tough schedule that includes national power Buford (Ga.) and Ohio title contender Central Catholic of Toledo during the first two weeks of the season. The goal is to play for the state Catholic championship of New York.

"Our goal isn't to finish top 10 in Western New York," coach Charlie Comerford said. "Our goal is to win the Monsignor Martin (title). What we were doing wasn't working, do we decided to change things up."

Roughly 30 players showed up for Timon's afternoon practice at Mulroy Park. The key one is perhaps junior quarterback Matt Myers. The 6-foot-4, 215 pounder is coming off an offseason where he participated in the Sound Mind, Sound Body Camp in Detroit before a who's who of college coaches.

"He's one of the best players in Western New York," Comerford said. "To get him back as a junior, it's exciting. "

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