Oct. 12--Springfield High (5-2) at Sacred Heart-Griffin (5-2)
WHERE: Ken Leonard Field
WHEN: 7 p.m.
ON THE AIR: WFMB (1450 AM), 6:40 p.m.
AP RANKINGS: Springfield unranked; SHG ranked No. 7 in 6A
CS8 SERIES: SHG leads 21-3
Which is the best CS8 football matchup in Week 8?
1Decatur MacArthur at Chatham Glenwood
2Lanphier at Jacksonville
3Normal U-High at Southeast
4Rochester at Decatur Eisenhower
5Springfield High at Sacred Heart-Griffin
LAST YEAR: SHG won 31-17
LAST SPRINGFIELD WIN: Sept. 24, 1999; Springfield High won 25-22
LAST WEEK: Springfield beat Decatur Eisenhower 47-0 Saturday; SHG lost to Rochester 35-28 Friday
LEADING RUSHERS: Springfield -- Caleb Small 56-390-2; Lucas Rockford 54-301-1; Taryn Wallace 24-268-3. SHG -- Tremayne Lee 102-852-14; Brian Adams 27-228-3.
LEADING PASSERS: Springfield -- Lucas Rockford 63-for-95, 1,013 yards, 18 TDs, 4 INTs. SHG -- Sam Sweetland 83-for-128, 1,468 yards, 13 TDs, 2 INTs.
LEADING RECEIVERS: Springfield -- Cam Jones 31-496-9; Reed Carlson 19-228-1. SHG -- Charlie Hamilton 25-401-5; Spencer Redd 23-610-7; Matt Brenneisen 12-136-1; Cade Holloway 10-154-0.
LEADING SCORERS: Springfield -- Cam Jones 12 TDs, 72 points; Taryn Wallace 5 TDs, 30 points; Caleb Small 4 TDs, 24 points. SHG -- Tremayne Lee 14 TDs, 84 points; Spencer Redd 11 TDs, 1 2PT, 68 points; Charlie Hamilton 7 TDs, 42 points.
LEADING TACKLERS: Springfield -- Caleb Small 52; David Brandt 41; Will Smith 30. SHG -- John Keene 62; Matt Brenneisen 55; Dom Capecci 51.
GAME DETAILS: Offensively, the strength for both team lies at the feet of its running backs. SHG brings Division I commits Brian Adams (Illinois State) and State Journal-Register Metro Football Player of the Year Tremayne Lee (Southern Illinois). When the Cyclones' offensive line gives Lee and Adams holes, they are dangerous. Springfield High counters with a variety of players in its triple option offense. Lucas Rockford, who can capably run and throw the ball, sells the deception on the handoff well and can keep defenses guessing. SHS has five players -- Rockford, Caleb Small, Wendel Burnes, Taryn Wallace and Peyton West -- to mix and match in the backfield. But if the Senators win, their defensive front will have to win the battle in the trenches. But neither defense can focus on stopping the pass with each QB completing at least 65 percent of their passes and throwing for more than 1,000 yards. . . . SHG was the No. 1 team in the preseason coaches poll but Springfield High got the most first-place votes (five).
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