There was a nice write up in the Chronicle after the game on Friday regarding Tracy Sprinkle. I'm only going to post a small tidbit. The article was sent to me in an email so I can not provide the link to the whole article.
Elyria was burned for 249 passing yards and three touchdowns by the Comets, and Holley threw for 367 yards and four touchdowns in the Panthers’ opening win against Huron … so the Pioneers had to be nervous heading into the crosstown showdown.
But on Friday, Holley only completed 21 of 42 passes for 195 yards and one score.
“(Lewis) stepped up and solidified the defense,” Fell said.
One of the things that didn’t change for Elyria’s defense was the outstanding play of senior defensive lineman Tracy Sprinkle — an Ohio State recruit — as he had six of the Pioneers’ nine sacks, several quarterback hurries and knockdowns and a forced fumble, which teammate Paul Males recovered.
“We knew they had some great offensive linemen — we knew that Jeremy Holley was a great player, too,” Sprinkle said. “But we all came out and played hard tonight. I knew every down that I had to get in there and keep pressure on him.”
Sprinkle lined up over center, at defensive tackle and on the ends of the line throughout the course of the game.
“It was nice to be able to go against every one of their linemen,” he said.
He broke through double teams and managed to add a seventh tackle for loss on one of Elyria Catholic’s five runs in the game.
Thanks to the sacks, Elyria held the Panthers to minus-33 total rushing yards — a stat that can’t have opponents who rely on their running attack feeling good about their future matchup with the Pioneers.
“Tracy was a big factor in the first half,” Fell said. “The only thing that could slow Tracy down was I thought he had a collapsed lung at the end of the first half. He was running all over the place.”