Spring Hill forced 3 turnovers with aggressive defensive approach in opener

Longview News-Journal
Thursday, September 5, 2013 - 12:28pm

Spring Hill had a hard time keeping opponents off the scoreboard in 2012.

The Panthers allowed 34.3 points per game last season — 53.8 over the final four contests.

Enter new head coach Mark Sartain and his staff, and an emphasis was put on changing the defensive mindset.

“The biggest change was the mentality,” Sartain said. “The formation hasn’t changed; it’s still a 4-2-5. We just changed the flavor and philosophy. We want to be more attack-oriented.”

That change in attitude was evident in Spring Hill’s season-opening 24-6 victory against Pleasant Grove. The Panthers allowed 285 yards of offense to the Hawks, but when a big play was needed, Spring Hill delivered.

“It was far from dominant,” Sartain said. “They moved the ball against us. But we played hard and did a good job of recovering when we needed to.

“We had a goal-line stand and three other fourth-down stops (in the second half). We also did a good job of forcing them into errors.”

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