In a scoreless second half of the Summit High Homecoming football game against Lutheran, the Tiger defense shined.
They kept the team in the game, blockading the Lutheran Lions' strong drives once the opponent entered Tiger territory.
"Defensively, we played awesome," head coach Dylan Hollingsworth said. "Even (Lutheran's) touchdown came from a turnover on the offense's part. Offensively, we are not playing at the level of our defense."
Juniors Creed Wilson and Tyler Blackford led the defense with six tackles each, while seniors Ben Sloan and Nic Berry each had two. The defensive line recovered three fumbles and had two interceptions.
"We had five turnovers on the night and we didn't do anything with it offensively," Hollingsworth said.
It's the second week in a row the Tigers have been shut out on home turf, with this week following Sept. 14's 35-0 loss to Silver Creek.
Offensively, the team moved the ball 162 yards.
"That's not going to get it done," Hollingsworth said.
The coach is worried he's working Berry too much, as his running back star had just 40 yards, which matched quarterback Sean Farley's rushing yards. Farley threw for 50 yards and Markeith McDonald had two catches for 34 yards.
Small adjustments and honing players' decision-making should help, but so too will avoiding penalties.
"I don't know what we're going to have to do to make it happen, but between offense and defense, we had 12 penalties for 72 yards. When you do that, it's going to kill you," Hollingsworth said.
It won't be easy, but the team will need to come into practice next week ready to reset. D'Evelyn isn't an easy team, and the Tigers head to Trailblazer Stadium to play.
"We respond with the challenge or we give up," Hollingsworth said. "I'm hoping the kids have the right attitude coming into next week. Adversity is very difficult to covercome sometimes, but that's what life's about."