CEDAR RAPIDS — Sometimes it’s nice to have a game when all the players can get playing time. That was the sentiment of Springville Coach Joe Martin as he watched his Orioles wallop Cedar Valley Christian, 91-0, last night.
And empty the bench he did as 10 Springville runners carried the ball and nine of them scored touchdowns.
Springville scored TDs on its first three touches of the ball in the first four minutes. Elias Nissen had a 39-yard run and a short punt return for a score during that span.
“This was nice as it gave some good reps to a lot of our players,” Martin said. “We came out and took care of business early, which allowed us to get many of our younger guys some quality playing time.”
Much is expected of the Orioles this season with 11 seniors and eight juniors on the roster.
“But it is just as important for our younger people to step up and contribute to the success of our team,” Martin said.
The sixth-ranked Orioles improved to 3-0 while Cedar Valley Christian fell to 0-2.
Martin said the team’s immediate goals haven’t changed at all. The district title is still what the team is after.
“Sometimes it is tough in preparation to get focused on your opponent,” Martin said. “But we know that on any given week, anyone can beat anyone. We have to be mentally ready and prepared to play every week, no matter who you are playing against.”
The Orioles host Lansing Kee next Friday. Cedar Valley Christian hosts West Central.