The Summit Tigers football team lost a tough one Friday, falling to Moffat County 28-21 on a frigid and snowy homecoming night game at Tiger Stadium. The loss drops the Tigers to 1-4 on the season.
Dropping temperatures and blowing snow were a factor as the teams remained scoreless through the first quarter. The Tigers broke the 0-0 tie on a touchdown run by quarterback Luke Egging in the second quarter.
The night was looking like it would go the Tigers’ way when the Bulldogs lost the ball on a fumble on the ensuing kick return.
Egging followed up with a touchdown pass a few plays later. With two touchdowns in just over 60 seconds the Tigers went up 14-0.
The game started to unravel from there, with some credit due to a few questionable calls by officials.
Still in the second quarter, Bulldog quarterback Joe Camillettii connected with Matt Hamilton for a 38-yard touchdown pass. With a successful two-point conversion Moffat closed the gap to 14-8.
A costly play by the Tigers in the final minute of the first half led to a Moffat touchdown off an Egging fumble, putting the Bulldogs up 15-14.
Early in the second half Moffat’s Brayden Peterson broke free for a 75-yard touchdown run. Moffat followed the score with another touchdown pass by Camilletti to put the Bulldogs up 28-14 in the third.
Summit stayed in the game, however, after capitalizing on a snap that sailed passed the Moffat punter. With the ball in Bulldog territory, the Tigers punched it in on the opening play of the fourth quarter. Bringing the game to within 7, the score breathed some life into the Tiger bench and remaining crowd who’d braved the cold.
Keeping the ball on the ground in their remaining possessions, the Tigers were unable to make anything happen. The score held and Moffat walked away with their first win of the season 28-21.
Summit will be on the road for their next game Friday against Alameda. Their next home game will be Friday, Oct. 18, against Arvada.
Story written with contributions from Nathan Waggenspack of the Craig Daily Press.