SPRINGFIELD, Minn. (KEYC) — Just two seasons ago the Springfield football team fell in seven of the nine games they played. Last year, the Tigers advanced all the way to the state semi-finals, and this year the team has just wrapped up a perfect 8–0 regular season.
“We have a really strong football tradition here and I think every program has a few down years, so I think talent dictates how well a team does and this team does have a lot of talent, we have 16 seniors and whenever you have 16 seniors playing small school football you have a very good chance of being successful, especially when they’re good kids and great athletes,” Bob Fink, Springfield head coach, said.
The team is excited about their success thus far in the season but know that they can’t let up on the gas pedal now.
“It’s good to be undefeated but we don’t want to take it for granted, teams are going to come at us with all they got and it’s good to just see every team as equal and play our best game against them,” Nolan Hovland, Springfield senior linebacker/receiver, said.
“It’s great coming into games knowing that we’re stronger than them and can do better than them if we really work hard and work as a team,” Mason Rummel, Springfield senior linebacker/running back, said.
Coach Fink knows how hard the boys prepared for this season.
“I’m really proud of the guys, they’ve worked so hard in the off-season and they get along so well and I think they were all expecting a season like this and they work for it and they have fun playing together so they deserve whatever they get,” Fink said.
The Tigers enter the section tournament with a No. 1 seed. With a first-round bye they will play Saturday, Oct. 26, at home against the winner of Russell–Tyler–Ruthton and Adrian.