Summit football loses shootout with Eagle
GYPSUM – Both Summit High and Eagle Valley were shut out last week. Friday night, both teams lost their starting quarterback – Jason Looby went down with a knee injury for the Tigers and the Devils’ Jeremy Sabo with a possible collar-bone break.
So naturally, the two teams went up and down the field like it was track meet at Gypsum’s Hot Stuff Stadium with the Devils coming away with a 39-28 win Friday night.
The loss keeps Summit winless on the season.
“It’s really hard when you start off 0-3 when it’s been that close,” SHS head coach Dylan Hollingsworth said. “We lost to Salida by one. We lost 7-0, one score the entire game, last week. We finally move the offense this week and our defense gives it up. If we can put all the things together, I feel like we have a good football team.”
The bright spot on the night certainly was the Tiger offense.
Summit started strong, scoring on each of its first two possessions. The first came on a 9-yard run from senior Cody Holland, and then, Looby connected with Tyler Nelson for a 40-yard touchdown pass and a 14-0 lead for the Tigers.
Then, Eagle Valley answered, and Looby went down with the knee injury. Then, in came sophomore Nic Berry for Summit, who’d never taken a varsity snap.
With the score 14-14 to start the second half, the Tigers recovered an onside kick and marched down the field for a score. Senior Michael Daigle took the ball over the goal line on a 10-yard run for the touchdown.
After Eagle Valley scored again to tie the game at 21-21, Berry completed a screen pass to Daigle at the Summit 35-yard line, and the speedy tailback took it all the way to the endzone, giving Summit a 28-21 lead.
It would be the last time the Tigers scored on the night.
Summit failed to convert two fourth-down attempts in the fourth quarter, while its defense gave up 18 straight points, and the Tigers were left with another disappointing loss.
“Probably the most pleasing part of the night, not to take anything away from any of the other kids, was Nic Berry,” Hollingsworth said. “The kid’s a sophomore, hasn’t had a lot of snaps in practice because Jason’s a junior. For him to step in and lead the offense the way he did – he led them to two scores – was great. He was doing the little things right. Obviously we’ll give him some more practice time now.”
The Tigers (0-3) travel to Trailblazer Field Thursday for its first league game of the season. They take on D’Evelyn at 6 p.m.
Chris Freud of The Vail Daily
contributed to this report.
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