NEW MIDDLETOWN, OH (WYTV)-Springfield had a lot to cheer about in 2014. A share of the ITCL Upper-Tier crown and a spot in the playoffs. But the Tigers will be without 13 seniors from last years team including Ryan Kohler who rushed for over 1,000 yards each of the past two seasons, racking up 1,667 and 29 touchdowns a year ago. But the Tigers do welcome back six starters on offense and defense in Sean Guerriero’s sixth season as head coach of Springfield. The big threat for the Tigers this year will be senior quarterback Graham Mincher. He threw for 1,205 yards and 18 total touchdowns while completing 69.1% of his passes. “Our offense is gonna run through him, he can do a lot of different things. If we can get him out of the pocket and let him use his legs, I think that’s gonna be part of our offense. But, too, he has a great arm, which as an aspect, he threw for over a thousand yards last year. He had a 70% completion rating. So, he’s accurate when he ends up doing it. But, we definitely need to make sure that we can hand the ball off because you’re gonna end up winning games in the trenches,” says Guerriero. On defense for Springfield they will need their younger players to step up, they lost their top-8 tacklers from a year ago, but the Tigers feel they have what it takes to make a deep run. “We want to continue off last year’s success. I mean, if we can, even do better than that. We want to win the league outright, we want to make playoffs again. But, we definitely want to continue off last year, and not kinda restart as a lot of people think that we will. I think that we’re gonna be good,” says Mincher. Springfield opens the season on August 28th at Brookfield.
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