Rockford, Jones shine in blowout road win

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Coach Gully addresses his team after the first win of the season against Lincoln. Photo credit to Kimberly Smoot

The high school football season is finally upon us. Countless teams across the state have hit the gridiron for the first time after a long and rigorous offseason: some with gargantuan shoes to fill and others with a lot to prove. The Springfield Senators found themselves in Lincoln, Ill. for their inaugural night under the lights. Many new faces find themselves in the starting lineup this season, including junior quarterback, Lucas Rockford. Most people know that the Lincoln Railers are not the strongest competition. However, that was no excuse for the Solons to come out flat.

Thankfully, the Senators did not come out flat. With a combination of a stifling defense and dynamic offense, the red and black were too much for the Railers to handle. The final score read, “Senators: 52, Railers: 0,” giving Springfield their first win of the season.

Within the first minute of the competition, Rockford strung together a 22-yard reception to sophomore, Cam Jones, which set up a 46-yard run for sophomore Caleb Small. The Solons found themselves ahead 14-0 after one quarter.

Fireworks were abundant through the night, as Jones caught and ran 75 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter. Springfield ended the half with 35 points. It is obvious that a well balanced running and receiving game will be the remedy for a successful season, with a splash of lockdown defense. It is safe to say the fans who traveled 45 minutes returned home with smiles on their face.

The Springfield Senators face Jacksonville for their home opener this Friday.

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