FORT WAYNE – The verbal sparring began when former Bishop Dwenger football stars Tony Springmann and Remound Wright decided on their colleges.
Springmann picked Notre Dame, and Wright chose Stanford.
We’ve been trash talking ever since we’ve been committed to these schools, Wright said. We’ve got a lot of trash talk in.
The two sophomores can stop talking and start doing as the No. 7 Irish (5-0) play host to the No. 17 Cardinals (4-1) today.
We are focused. We are ready to go, Springmann said. It wasn’t really trash talk, it is more just fun, just poking fun at each other. We are both excited and ready to go.
This is the first time the high school teammates will have the chance to face each other in the rivalry, in which Stanford has won three in a row. Springmann and Wright didn’t play as freshmen, but both are in their team’s rotations this season.
Springmann plays on the Irish’s defensive line and has five tackles and a sack. Wright is a running back for Stanford and has run for 25 yards on seven carries and caught one pass for 35 yards.
And if the two do line up against each other today, Wright said he predicted what he would do.
I think back in high school, I told him I was going to stiff arm him in the face the first time we went up against each other, Wright said. I don’t know, that might not be the best maneuver. We will see.
I’m definitely looking forward to seeing him across the line of scrimmage.
Springmann is also looking forward to playing against Wright, and he agreed a stiff arm probably would not be Wright’s best move.
I don’t think that would work any more, maybe in high school, Springmann said.
No matter today’s outcome, the two will remain friends.
We are friends 364 days out of the year, but that one time we play, that 60 minutes we play, it is not even a consideration, Wright said. It’s all business on Saturday.
The game will be a small reunion for Dwenger alums. Along with Springmann, Notre Dame has former Dwenger standouts John Goodman, a receiver, and Tyler Eifert, a tight end. Plus, Dwenger grads Olivia and Julia Lee and Isaac Evans are part of Notre Dame’s cheerleading squad, and Celeste Norris, Emily Crash and Nik Kleber are part of the Irish’s marching band.
It’s going to be exciting, there are going to be a lot of Indiana people and Dwenger alumni and coaches coming down for the game, Springmann said. It’s going to be exciting to have four Dwenger guys out there.