With scoring more like a Broncos game, the Summit Tigers took down Arvada 43-34 in a wild one at Tiger Stadium.
Onside kicks, clutch receptions on fourth down, a 70-yard run, a big punt return, scoring swings and video game-like statistics — there wasn’t much missing at Farmer’s Korner Friday night.
The scoring came early and often as the Arvada Bulldogs started the game with a 70-yard run by Jessy Jackson on their opening drive. They followed up with surprise onside kick to maintain possession.
Summit’s defense looked like it might hold on the Bulldogs’ second drive, by setting up a fourth and long from the Summit 47-yard line. Deciding to go for it on fourth down, Arvada quarterback connected with wide receiver Travin Haris for a 47-yard touchdown. The tall wide-out accounted for four Arvada touchdowns on the night.
With 9:49 still left in the first quarter and Arvada already up 13-0, it was looking like it might be another long night for the Tigers.
But Summit answered the call. After the initial scores, the Tigers came on strong with 43 unanswered points.
“After the second series I thought we did a great job,” head coach Dylan Hollingsworth said after the game. “We dictated what we were doing.”
Summit recovered the Bulldogs’ second onside kick attempt and got their offense rolling behind some big runs by sophomore Drew Chastain. Tiger running back Tristan McDonald put Summit on the board with the first of his three touchdowns on the night on the Tigers’ first possession. He accounted for 152 of Summit’s 339 rushing yards.
A couple big drops by Arvada’s Travin Harris stalled Bulldog drives later in the half.
In the second quarter, McDonald brought the Tigers to within one point with his second touchdown off of an impressive fake hand-off reverse for the score.
After some strong defensive stands the Tigers began to pour it. Quarterback Luke Egging completed a 45-yard touchdown pass to Jack Anderson. Anderson crossed the goal line with an impressive second effort, while dragging a couple of Arvada defenders.
The score and an Egging two point conversion put Summit up 20-13.
With 4:42 left in the half the Tigers capitalized off of an Arvada punt return fumble deep in their own territory. Freshman Eddie Jain dove on the loose ball.
The play set up a Zach Colvin touchdown run.
With time running out in the first half and Arvada again backed up in their end of the field, freshman Adolfo Vasquez came up with key 47-yard punt return, bringing the ball to the Bulldog 16-yard line. McDonald punched it in for the score off a 16-yard run. The Tigers went to halftime up 36-13.
Freshman Eddie Jain kept the scoring going early in the second half with a 33-yard touchdown grab.
With the crowd starting to think about the mercy rule, Arvada came roaring back. After a number of drops Arvada wide receiver Travin Haris came on strong with three big touchdown grabs, to bring the Bulldogs within nine points.
“The kids took their foot off the gas,” Hollingsworth said. “It felt a little stressful (late in the game).”
On a fourth quarter drive, Arvada looked like they might put the game within three, taking the ball all the way to the Tiger 25-yard line. On another big fourth down, Bulldog quarterback Elias De la Rosa over threw a wide receiver open for a potential touchdown.
With the game almost iced, Zach Colvin fumbled on first down giving the Bulldogs one final opportunity with 1:30 left on the clock.
Summit’s defense came up with a big stop, putting an end to the possibility of a miracle comeback.
“I thought the kids stepped up at the very end,” Hollingsworth said, commenting on the win. “It feels good. It feels like a weight off our shoulders.”
After a couple of tough losses, the win puts the Tigers at 2-5 on the season. They’ll play at Conifer this Friday, before closing the season at home against Evergreen, Nov. 1.