The Summit High football team closed out its season with a 42-0 road loss to Evergreen Friday.
"The score didn't reflect the way we played most of the game," head coach Dylan Hollingsworth said. "We couldn't put points on the board, but we were running time off the clock, we were just trying to keep them from having the ball in their hands too much. It was good to see the offense do some things."
The Tigers finished the season 2-8, compared to the Cougars' 6-4 record. The team rushed for more than 200 yards, more than usual but not what the coaches would have liked. Senior Nic Berry led the rushing game with more than 100 yards, while senior Markeith McDonald shone in the passing game with 92 yards on five receptions.
After Summit's initial possession, which involved three plays and a punt, the Cougars capitalized on their possession to score.
An offensive tweak helped the Tigers pull it together to stay competitive in the rest of the first half, which finished 14-0 with the help of a fake punt-turned-bad on behalf of the Tigers. Hollingsworth said it wasn't his best call as a coach. His team went into the locker room down two touches instead of just one to make up in the second half.
Then, the team left its brains behind in the first minute, 40 seconds of the second half. The Cougars returned the kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown, deflating the Tigers. Within the next six plays, the Cougars scored three touchdowns, one off a Tigers fumble and one off an interception.
"That was pretty much it," Hollingsworth said. "As coaches, we've really got to find a way to do a better job of putting kids in a position to win. There's some responsibility that falls on the kids, but kids will do what they're coached to do. The things they're doing are things we allowed them to do or taught them to do."
Hollingsworth said the loss was tough, particularly on the seniors.
"There were tears shed in the locker room after the game. That's not how they wanted to have it all go down," the coach said.