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Springfield’s Crowe pushing Tigers’ fronts

August 14, 2013
By BRAD VanFOSSAN - Tribune Chronicle correspondent ( , Underthelights

NEW MIDDLETOWN - Ask any football coach, whether it be in the National Football League or among the high school ranks - winning teams are built from the trenches out.

That is definitely the case for the 2013 Springfield Tigers.

Senior offensive tackle Gabe Crowe leads a line that hopes to push Springfield to the next level - and maybe Week 11.

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Gabe Crowe

"I've never had to talk to Gabe about effort, he's always set a great example, and is a great role model," Springfield coach Sean Guerriero said.

Though Crowe is a two-year starter for the Tigers on the line, that doesn't mean he's complacent about his performance.

"I want to improve my overall game," Crowe said. "I've had success in the past, but I want to try to perfect everything over the year, help the underclassmen. There are always things to work on."

With Crowe being one of four returning linemen for Springfield this season, much of the offense is going to be resting on their shoulders. Crowe, along with the rest of his platoon, will be giving protection to junior quarterback Hunter Snyder, who threw for 681 yards last season and rushed for 611 more, as well as making holes for the powerful running game of Chris Wells and Ryan Kohler.

"Everyone helps each other out (on the line)," Crowe said. "We've formed a bond together and with our quarterback (Snyder). We've been playing together since the Little Tigers."

If the line can make the offense go, then there's the chance that the Tigers could end up back in the Ohio High School Athletic Association playoffs for the first time since 2011 - when Crowe and the rest of the seniors were sophomores.

"Our goal is to win our conference, gain a playoff berth, and hopefully win state," Crowe said.

With 17 starters returning, the pieces are in place for a chance at the playoffs.



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