Summit football struggles in 22-0 loss | SummitDaily.com

Summit football struggles in 22-0 loss

BRYCE EVANS
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Summit County, Colorado

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FARMER’S KORNER – Winless on the season and struggling to find continuity on offense, Summit set up at the Conifer 9-yard line. It was second-and-goal in the first quarter, and the Tigers were looking to punch it in for the lead – they were looking to make a statement.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t exactly the type of statement they were looking for.

Some poor timing on a reverse led to a fumbled handoff, and Conifer recovered at the 10.

It would be the closest the Tigers came to the endzone all night and one of two times they left the redzone without any points in a 22-0 conference loss at Tiger Stadium.

“It’s just little things,” SHS head coach Dylan Hollingsworth said. “We were down at the 3, had a missed blocking assignment and lost a yard. Then we go offsides and then fumble. That’s three times in a row we made mistakes, and that’s coaching as much as it is the players. If they’re not doing it right, then we’re not doing a good enough job as coaches.”

It’s not as though the Tigers struggled all night, though.

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In front of a homecoming crowd that was packed into the bleachers at The Mine, Summit came out with some fire. Neither team had won a game entering Friday’s matchup, and the Tigers sensed their first victory was there for the taking.

After two first downs on their opening drive – one on a 19-yard completion from quarterback Nic Berry to senior Michael Daigle – the Tigers stuffed Conifer’s offense on three straight plays deep in the Lobos’ end. Then, a mishandled snap on the ensuing punt gave Summit the ball at the 18-yard line.

Junior Stetson Fowler picked up a first down on a 9-yard run to the Lobos’ 3, before Summit backed up and fumbled on the following plays.

From then on, Conifer seemed to control the pace.

The Lobos scored just before halftime and marched down the field on the first possession after the break to take a 14-0 lead.

The Tigers never had an answer.

“Every time something went wrong, we kind of took a step back and were like, ‘Here we go,'” Hollingsworth said. “It’s a matter of keeping our heads up, keeping our eyes forward and moving on, trying to make ourselves better.”

For a game in which the defense played well, Hollingsworth was disappointed with his sputtering offense. The Tigers went back-and-forth between Berry, a sophomore, and Daigle at quarterback, with Daigle running mostly option-style plays from the shotgun. Both players were effective at times, but the offense never found a groove.

“It’s just finding consistency,” Hollingsworth said. “That’s not to say they can’t do it, because they are more than capable. I have to do a better job of getting them more prepared.”

The Tigers (0-5) are on the road next week at Evergreen, and Hollingsworth is hoping that’s when things will start to click for his young and inexperienced team.

“They want this. It’s not that they don’t want it,” he said. “It’s our job to make it happen.”