Young Springdale lineup looks to cap season on high note against Vincentian
It didn’t take much convincing for Springdale when Vincentian approached the Dynamos with the suggestion of a Week 10 football game.
Springdale’s young roster could use some more seasoning, and one more game provided a perfect opportunity.
The Dynamos will travel to Lt. J.T. Stone Field in North Park at 6:30 p.m. Thursday for one final game to close out their 2018 season.
“We’re definitely excited,” Springdale coach Seth Napierkowski said. “I brought it to the team (after Vincentian approached us); I wanted it to be something they wanted to do and let them take a vote on it. It was a unanimous yes that they wanted to do this, and we’re excited to play another game.”
The graduation of 17 seniors from a 2017 WPIAL playoff qualifier left Springdale shorthanded and inexperienced, and the Dynamos (1-8) missed the playoffs for just the second time in 17 seasons.
Springdale has just four seniors, only two of whom start in quarterback/defensive back Josh Jones and lineman Elijah Lang, but Napierkowski said he saw some improvement as the season progressed. The Dynamos beat Northgate, 14-11, in a Week 6 nonconference game, and Napierkowski said the team showed offensive improvement in losses to Clairton and Leechburg the last two weeks.
“If we can take advantage and come away with a victory, that bodes well for our offseason,” Napierkowski said. “It kind of gets us started on a good note, and hopefully we can ride that into next season.”
Vincentian also is trying to build its program back up after not fielding a team in 2017. The Royals, led by former Deer Lakes coach T.J. Wiley, played a handful of games this fall on a non-WPIAL schedule and are hoping to rejoin the WPIAL in the coming years.
“For the most part, everyone’s coming back,” Napierkowski said. “For those guys, it’s a little more experience. And for the seniors, it’s one more opportunity to get out there. We’re so young, we had freshmen and sophomores all over the field. A lot of them have been learning at the varsity level, and any rep you can take at that level is huge. It’s going to benefit them down the road.”