GALLATIN – The Springfield Yellow Jackets used a dominant second-half effort to defeat the Station Camp Bison 31-10 Friday night.
After a close first half that saw the game tied at 10, the Yellow Jacket offense put up two third-quarter touchdowns and shut down the Bison offense for the victory.
Springfield coach Dustin Wilson was pleased with his team’s effort, including their ability to respond to challenges.
“I’m very proud of the way the kids responded to adversity tonight,” Wilson said. “We had five starters out, so a lot of tonight was us trying to figure out who we are.”
For Station Camp coach Shaun Hollinsworth, it was familiar mistakes that kept up the struggles for his bunch.
“One thing I noticed glaringly was just our inability to tackle at crucial times,” Hollinsworth said. “It’s that and our other mistakes that are why we are sitting in the position we are in right now.”
Station Camp started out by forcing a three-and-out from the Springfield offense. However, the ensuing punt was fumbled and recovered by the Yellow Jackets.
From there, Springfield cashed in on the Bison turnover, when Ze’Rel Boyd ran in a 14-yard touchdown, giving Springfield an early 7-0 lead.
The Bison answered on their official first drive, marching 13 plays before the drive stalled at the Springfield 17-yard line. From there, Mac McIllwain kicked a 35-yard field goal, cutting the Yellow Jacket lead to 7-3.
Springfield answered on the following possession with a field goal, this one a 42-yard boot from Luis Diaz Jijon, giving Springfield a 10-3 lead.
The Bison got back in the game late in the first half when quarterback Max Barnett found TJ Winston for a 38-yard gain to the Springfield 1-yard line. Keshon Jackson punched in a 1-yard touchdown on the next play, tying the game at 10.
“We were 10-10 at halftime and every game is an experience, Wilson said. “Playing a strong second half is a pretty good way to take momentum into next week.”
The Springfield defense set the tone in the second half, forcing a quick three-and-out. After that, Kevontez Hudson took over on offense with three second-half touchdowns, with the first a 5-yard score, giving the Yellow Jackets a 17-10 advantage.
“We just came out in the second half and did exactly what we didn’t want to do,” Hollinsworth said. “We needed to come out and at least establish some type of field position. We just didn’t do that.”
After another three-and-out by the Bison offense, Hudson struck again with a short 3-yard touchdown run after a quick, 4-play scoring drive. That extended the lead to 24-10.
Hudson capped the night with a 31-yard TD scamper to put the game out of reach.
“You just can’t put enough emphasis on experience for these kids,” Wilson said. “This helps us with our depth, which will be big as we get back into region play.”
Springfield (3-1) travels to White House Friday night. Station Camp (0-4) will seek its first win of the season at Rossview.