Injuries, costly turnovers, key drops and big plays by the opposition were the story Friday night as the Summit Tigers football team fell to league opponent D’Evelyn 42-0.
The final score doesn’t quite do the Tigers justice. The team played hard in the first half. Both defenses held early, as neither team scored on their opening possessions.
Tigers coach Dylan Hollingsworth spoke about D’Evelyn before the game. “What they’ve done to teams is hit them with the big play,” he said.
After getting loose, the Jaguars did just that Friday night against the Tigers.
It started with a D’Evelyn drive beyond the midway point of the first quarter. Senior Jaguar running back Greg Pearson led the way with a couple of big runs. After a quarterback sneak by Connor Mateer, Pearson punched it in from the 2-yard line for the game’s first score.
Pearson continued to have a good night, finishing with 13 carries for 149 yards.
After the initial score, Summit looked like they might answer with a strong drive of their own.
Tigers quarterback Luke Egging completed a nice pass to Zach Colvin to move the chains and bring the ball into D’Evelyn territory. Egging continued to keep the drive alive with two first downs coming off of third down quarterback keepers.
Egging’s third attempt at rushing on a third down failed, setting up a fourth-and-7 from the D’Evelyn 19-yard line. Egging attempted a pass that was broken up by D’Evelyn’s Dalton Hooks, leading to a turnover on downs.
Summit held the Jaguars on the next drive but eventually their quick-strike offense prevailed. Another series of big runs by Pearson set up a touchdown reception by Jaguars sophomore Cameron Brown, putting the Jaguars up 14-0.
Summit continued to hang in there until late in the first half. Near the two minute mark, a fourth-and-7 quarterback sneak by D’Evelyn’s Connor Mateer kept a drive alive and led to a touchdown that put the Jaguars up 21-0 going into the half.
Already missing leading rusher Tristan McDonald and second-string quarterback Tony Finley, each out for the game, injuries continued to plague the Tigers in the second half.
Luke Egging turned the ball over on a fumble in the opening drive of the second half. He then left the game with an arm injury and did not return.
After the game, coach Hollingsworth said Egging had trouble gripping the ball.
With Finley already out, third-string quarterback Riley Beck lined up under center in the next Tiger procession.
Summit lost the ball on a costly fumble recovered by D’Evelyn for a touchdown. The score put the Jaguars up 28-0 with 9:38 still left in the third.
D’Evelyn poured it on with their next possession and a big touchdown grab by 6’5”, 205-pound wide receiver Ty McGee. McGee finished the night with four catches for 123 yards.
Summit’s misfortunes continued when Riley Beck went out with a wrist injury, leaving the Tigers to call on fourth-string quarterback and freshman Luke Nataro.
With a fourth down deep in their own territory, a snap over the Summit punter’s head lead to a D’Evelyn recovery for a touchdown and the games final score of 42-0.
Unable to move the ball, Summit closed out the game with a variation of the wildcat, direct snapping the ball to senior fullback Duncan Roberts.
With the loss, Summit fell to 1-3 on the season, 0-2 in league play. D’Evelyn bumps up to 5-1, 2-0 in league.
The Tigers’ next game will be their homecoming game Friday against Moffet County. Kick-off is scheduled for 6 p.m.