Summit High School run over by Harrison 48-21, offense gives up key turnovers
The Tigers’ win streak ended at one Friday night with a crushing 48-21 loss in their home opener against Harrison High School.
“We didn’t lose the game. We beat ourselves,” Tiger head coach Dylan Hollingsworth said, assessing his team’s performance after the game. He credited five key turnovers on offense — including two in the redzone and one deep in their own territory — along with missed assignments and poor tackling on defense for the loss.
“They scored every time we turned the ball over. That’s 28 points right there,” he added.
The Tigers’ first turnover came early on their opening drive. After an initial first down, Summit’s Drew Chastain coughed up the ball on their own 30-yard line.
After two quick first downs, Panthers running back Justin Davis punched the ball in for the game’s opening score on a 10-yard reverse.
The Tiger defense had no answer for a strong Panther running attack all night. Harrison only attempted five passes — two for short completions — but tallied 390 yards on the ground.
Following the opening score, Summit looked like they may respond with a long drive of their own, but were stalled by a fumbled snap that set up a third and 21 from the Harrison 29.
After a punt to deep in their own territory, Harrison responded again with another strong drive that culminated with a 30-yard quarterback sneak for a touchdown by the Panthers Sam Garcia. Two missed extra points put the Panthers up 12-0 early. Garcia accounted for 125 rushing yards on the night. Teammate Nick Jacquez contributed an additional 145 yards on 17 carries.
Tigers quarterback Luke Egging connected with Colby Chrisman for a solid 36-yard completion to open their third drive. The pair nearly connected again for a touchdown later in the drive that fell incomplete. Another Tiger fumble gave Harrison the ball shortly after on their own 29.
Harrison jumped to an 18-0 lead following another Panther touchdown with 4:06 remaining in the first half.
The first of two Egging interceptions came on the next drive, at the Harrison 39-yard line. The turnover set up a 61-yard run for a touchdown on another quarterback keeper by Garcia. The Panthers went up 26-0 after a successful two point conversion.
Summit showed a little life late in the half with a kickoff return for a touchdown by freshman Vale Hildebrand with 1:38 left. Harrison fumbled the ensuing kick return to set the Tigers up on the 41-yard line. But with less than a minute remaining, Harrison’s Matt Martinez intercepted a Luke Egging pass to Colby Chrisman in the end zone.
Defensive struggles continued in the second half with Harrison pushing the ball down the field and scoring on their opening drive to go up 34-7.
The Summit offense was able to generate two late scores. Egging orchestrated a strong drive that culminated in a 17-yard sneak for a touchdown, but the Panthers matched it with yet another score to go up 42-14, after a strong kick return. With two minutes left in the game, backup quarterback Riley Beck led a solid drive, connecting with wide receiver Tony Finley on two passes for 53 yards against Harrison’s second team. Beck capped the drive with an 11-yard touchdown run. Earlier in the game Beck nearly connected with Christman for another big completion, after a pitch from Egging on a quarterback option.
The Panthers’ final score came on the next kickoff. Summit attempted an onside kick that was returned for a touchdown in the game’s final minute — putting the Panthers up 48-21.
“It was frustrating,” Hollingsworth said of the number of mental errors in the game. “We just need to be more consistent.”
Summit generated an impressive 457 yards of total offense. Egging went 6-16 for 85 yards in the air and two interceptions. He also led the team with 189 yards rushing on 21 carries.
Senior runningback Tristan McDonald contributed 54 yards rushing and 29 receiving. Wider receiver Colby Chrisman accounted for 56 yards receiving. Chrisman had a shot at two additional catches in the end zone — one broken up by the defense, the other intercepted.
Following the game, Hollingsworth reminded his players that how they respond to the loss moving forward could dictate the remainder of the season.
He told the Daily that if they can bring back the consistency they had in their first game, they might be able to bounce back and turn things around.
The team will host Woodland Park this Friday at 7 p.m.
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