Springfield football preview

Outlook: Thaddeus Snodgrass (Kentucky) and Davonte James (West Virginia) already have verbally committed. Add lineman Devin Nye – all seniors – as key players for second-year head coach Eric Gillespie.

High School: Springfield Wildcats

Division this season: I

Division last season: I

Region: 2

League/conference: GWOC Central.

Home stadium/field: Evans Stadium.

Head coach: Eric Gillespie, second season at Springfield; Career record: 43-77; Former WOL, MVFCA Coach of the Year, IFCA Board of Directors 2008-11.

Assistant coaches: Matt Benning, Larry Ham, Steve Graves, Keenan Freeman, Conley Smoot, Darrell Smith, Kevin Echols, Darnell Carter, Guy Victoria, Joe Cochran, Ron Wilkerson.

2012 record: 1-5 conference; 1-9 overall.

2012 college commits:

OL Brandon Ehlinger and DB Corey Timmons – Ashland Univ.,

LB Terrance Crowe – Tiffin Univ.,

QB Chris Wallace – Muskingum

5 key returners:

Thaddeus Snodgrass, 6-1, 185, sr., WR (Kentucky commit)

Davonte James, 6-3, 234, sr., LB/QB (West Virginia commit)

Devin Nye, 6-5, 233, sr., DL/OL (5th in the state in wrestling at 220 lbs.)

Justus Banks, 5-8, 150, sr., DB/KR

Dorian Hunter, 5-10, 205, sr., LB

Key newcomers:

Jeff Wellington, 5-10, 190, jr., RB

Guy Victoria, 6-3, 220, jr., LB

KaWambee Moss, 6-0, 177, jr., DB

Trent Gilbert, 6-5 220, jr., DL

Aaron House, 6-0, 252, so., DL

Darrick Crochran, 6-1, 250, so., OL

Ephram Averhart, 6-3, 245, so., OL

Xavier Garland, 5-11, 205, so., RB

Coach’s comments: We are extremely excited about the potential of our 2013 football team, and the opportunity we have to reap the benefits of all of our offseason hard work.

Schedule:

8/17 @ 4-TEAM SCRIMMAGE (HAMILTON TOWNSHIP), 11 AM

8/23 @ FAIRBORN (Jamboree Game), 7 PM

8/30 @ TROTWOOD-MADISON, 7:30 PM

9/6 @ MIDDLETOWN, 7 PM

9/13 SYCAMORE, 7 PM

9/20 TROY, 7 PM

9/27 @ XENIA, 7 PM

10/4 WAYNE, 7 PM

10/11 @ FAIRMONT, 7 PM

10/18 BEAVERCREEK, 7 PM

10/25 NORTHMONT, 7 PM

11/1 @ CENTERVILLE, 7 PM

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