Springdale Dynamos grind out victory at Wilkinsburg
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Springdale first-year coach Dave Leasure could only laugh as he said it: “The best thing we could say is we got a win.”
Springdale outlasted host Wilkinsburg on Saturday in a 15-0 Eastern Conference victory at Graham Field.
“The hard part for these kids offensively is they've always been a zone team,” Leasure said “We've changed our offense. It's a roll-blocking system, and it's taking a while for the kids to pick up. When we do it, we do it well.”
Springdale gained 188 yards on the ground, but it was senior Sean Dugan that accounted for the majority of them.
Dugan led the Dynamos (2-1, 2-1) with 158 yards on 17 carries. He scored the game's only two touchdowns — a 60-yarder early in the first quarter and a 5-yarder late in the third.
His first score was on the second play of the game.
“He does everything you ask of him. He never wants the ball so many times or wants to run this play. He's so unselfish,” Leasure said “Then I try to take him out because I see how exhausted he is. He keeps saying, ‘Coach, I'm fine.'”
Although Wilkinsburg (0-3, 0-3) was held scoreless, first-year head coach Mike Fulmore saw more positives about his team.
“We're not a bad team. We just played bad last week. I think we're a good team, and I think (this) proves it,” Fulmore said. “We played much, much better. We worked on a lot of the little stuff.”
Wilkinsburg lost last week at Apollo-Ridge, 41-0.
Wilkinsburg was led Saturday by 5-foot-6, 150-pound running back Devin Stubbs, who gained 42 yards on nine carries.
“He has a big soul, and he plays like a big guy,” Fulmore said. “He gives 150 percent every down, and I think that really shows out on the field, but that's nothing surprising to us.”
Knowing Springdale is a run-oriented team, Fulmore's game plan was geared to stop the run. The Tigers did well to minimize Springdale's effectiveness.
“We planned that coming out, and I think it was very effective,” Fulmore said.
Despite Dugan's totals, Wilkinsburg was able to contain the rest of Springdale's running attack to just 30 yards. The Tigers kept Dugan in check for the majority of the game, as 106 of his rushing yards came on three carries.
Dave Yohe is a freelance writer.
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