The Yellow Jackets came into Friday night, riding an eight-game regular season winning streak going back to last season. That run came to an end at the hands of Marshall County.
The Tigers defeated the Yellow Jackets by a score of 28-7, holding the dynamic Springfield offense to one score.
Last season, these two teams played, and Marshall County walked away with a 30-point victory. Springfield already avenged one 30-point loss this year to Wilson Central but was unable to get anything going against MCHS.
Senior quarterback Kevontez Hudson was held in check, throwing for only 87 yards and running for 37. Lamarious Daniels led all rushers with 58 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries.
Head coach Dustin Wilson refused to blame anyone but himself for the loss.
Wilson said, “The head coach had a poor game plan in, so we got beat because of poor management by our head coach.
“I didn’t do what it took to win Saturday through Friday. I didn’t place emphasis on the right things. Our team didn’t get a win because of me not managing the week correctly. We didn’t get it done because of me.”
Marshall County is not in Region 5-4A with Springfield. Wilson has placed an emphasis on region games in the past as well as this season, but he thinks his team may have needed to focus more on games like this one.
“(We have to) just get back into what we do. Placing the appropriate emphasis on a game. The mattering part of it… It matters. I’ve got to be doing something wrong in these non-region games. The kids get the wrong message. Playing a physical, good team like Marshall County matters just as much as playing Montgomery Central.”
Springfield has wanted to be known as a football powerhouse in 4A across the state. In order for that to be the case, Wilson says his team has to be better prepared to play tough teams, both now and in the playoffs, even if they may not affect playoff seeding.
“It matters about the respect that’s given to us statewide. It matters about our brand that we talk about all the time and how that’s displayed when we go to other places and other environments. It matters in the long run because you play good football teams to be ready for November football.”
Springfield has a bye this week to recuperate and prepare for region-opponent Montgomery Central. That game is the first of four consecutive region matchups to close out the regular season.