CANFIELD, OH- It didn’t take long to realize how special this season could be for both South Range and Springfield in 2022. With both sidelines looking to see what they have to work with this year, South Range would stand tall after all was said and done to the tune of 37-7.
The Raiders would bend but not break on the first drive of the game, as Springfield was marching down the field methodically before the nearly 7-minute drive stalled and South Range would take over possession of the football deep in their own territory.
From there, it was pretty much all Raiders.
Range would get on the board with 3:15 to go in the first when Blake Ewert scampered into the endzone from 20 yards out. On the next possession, standout QB Billy Skripac connected with Shane Lindstrom for a 61-yard touchdown. Then, on the Raiders first shot in the second quarter, it was Tyler Remish blasting through a wall of Tiger defenders for a 5-yard TD to make it 21-0.
Springfield would push the ball down the field late in the second frame for their only score of the night with a Kaesen Kosek 4-yard plunge.
With the Tigers leaving some time on the clock, Billy Skripac went back to work- connecting with Lindstrom once again from long distance, this time a 50-yard score to put the Raiders up 28-7 going into the locker room.
The burgundy and gold were all business coming out of the break as Blake Ewert would score his second tuddy from seven yards out, and with 44 ticks left in the third, Luke Starkey would emphatically drill a 43-yard field goal for South Range to put them up 37-7 and start the mercy clock and drip the rest of the game away.
South Range starters only played just over a half in their first outing, but put up video game numbers. As a team, South Range had 328 yards of offense, Billy Skripac went 7/9 for 201 yards and two scores. Blake Ewert would lead the way on the ground with 60 yards on five carries with two that ended in the endzone. Hunter Knauf would tote the rock five times as well for 38 yards, while Tyler Remish pushed the line for 29 yards on 7 carries and a score. Shane Lindstrom would lead the attack through the air with three catches for 128 yards and two scores, while Ayden Leon supplemented with a pair of grabs for 58 yards.
Springfield’s new signal caller, Kolton Ruark went 7 of 13 for 46 yards and threw 2 interceptions. Kaesen Kosek had 13 carries for 38 yards and the lone Tiger touchdown. Ryan Carcelli also had 13 carries for 28 yards. Seandelle Gardner snagged four receptions for 29 yards, and Michael LaCivita hauled in a grab for 10 yards.
South Range (1-0) will turn their attention to University School next Friday with a special start time of 5pm on the road. Springfield (0-1) will hold their home opener against Brookfield.