Summit Tigers football crushes Lincoln for homecoming win

The Summit Tigers varsity football team takes the field before their homecoming game against the Lincoln Lancers at Tiger Stadium in Breckenridge, CO on Friday, September 30th, 2022.
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There is nothing like a homecoming football game — the pageantry, the recognition of the homecoming court and the the drive of the team to get a win to hype up the student body ahead of the homecoming dance.

On Friday, Sept. 30, the Summit High School football team had to wait for more than an hour to take the field against Denver’s Lincoln High School due to lightning delays  

With a rain-sodden field, the Tigers finally were able to take to the gridiron eager to put on a show and defeat the Lincoln Lancers. The Tigers dominated for all 48 minutes of the game, defeating the Lancers 62-6.

Out of the lightning delay, the Tigers were anything but sluggish. Instead, the team was electric, fueled by the soaked student section eager to see the team keep its four-game winning streak alive.

After holding Lincoln to three downs on the team’s opening possession, Summit took over at about midfield for their first offensive possession of the game.

On the team’s third play of the game, senior quarterback Jack Schierholz faked the handoff to the backfield and swung wide to sprint all the way to the end zone to put the Tigers up 7-0 early in the game.

Quarterback Jack Schierholz throws a touchdown pass during the Summit Tigers varsity football team’s homecoming game against the Lincoln Lancers at Tiger Stadium in Breckenridge on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022.
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Like the skies over Summit High School, the floodgates were opened after the Schierholz touchdown. 

The Summit offense combined for five more touchdowns before the end of the half, and the Summit defense held the Lancers offense to minimal yards.

On the Tiger’s second drive, Schierholz rushed for his second touchdown of the game — this time breaking through several Lancers before crossing into the end zone. On the next drive, Schierholz found junior Emilio Jain in the end zone from 25 yards out, putting the Tigers up 21-0.

It was not long before Summit found themselves on the field once again after senior Zach Elam intercepted the ball, setting the Tigers offense up at the Lancers 12-yard line.

With the ball in good field position, the Schierholz found Jain right outside the end zone, where he pitched the ball backwards to an open wide receiver, who stomped into the end zone for Summit’s fourth touchdown.

Now in the second quarter of the game, linebackers Ronaldo Wray and Eli Krawczuk converted on touchdowns from inside the 5-yard line heading into halftime leading 41-0.

“I kind of told the guys the only electricity I was worried about was the electricity in the room when we were waiting for the game to start up,” senior captain and 2022 homecoming king Schierholz said. “We were all pumped up. It was an anxious hour, but once we got to the game, we were ready to go.”

After taking over the quarterback position at the end of the first half, junior Hank Chabot and the Tigers picked up where the team left off in the first half.

A few seconds into the fresh half Chabot connected with PJ Trujillo for a 58-yard touchdown pass.

Hank Chabot hands the ball off to Eli Krawczuk during the Summit Tigers varsity football team’s homecoming game against the Lincoln Lancers at Tiger Stadium in Breckenridge, CO on Friday, September 30th, 2022.
John Hanson/For the Summit Daily News

Following the Tigers seventh touchdown of the game, the Lancers finally managed to get a first down, which was their first of the game, after more than 24 minutes of play.

Unfortunately, Lincoln’s drive was once again cut short when a bad snap was jumped on by the Tigers defense, setting up the Summit offense with another opportunity with great field position.

Junior Ben Elam put another 7 points on the board, rushing for a touchdown to put the Tigers up 55-0 to end the third quarter. 

In the final quarter of play, the Lancers had their best drive of the game against a Tigers defense, mostly made up of backup players. Lincoln drove down the field and threw a touchdown pass to bring the score to 55-6 after a failed 2-point conversion.

Summit closed out the rest of their homecoming game with one more touchdown when senior Michael Cheek executed a jet-sweep play to take it all the way to the end zone. The Tigers defeated the Lancers 62-6. 

“Our guys were pretty fired up. This was their homecoming,” Wagner said of the win. “There are roughly 20, 22 of them, so they were amped up. Our offense and defense lines really took care of business, and it allowed us to score a lot of points.”

Summit will start league play next week when it takes on the 4-1 Durango Demons on Friday, Oct. 7, in Durango.

“We knew we could be 5-0 going into conference play,” Schierholz said. “But we have the most important games of our schedule coming up next week, and it’s going to be a tough game. We are going to take this extra time to prepare and next week we are going to take down Durango.”

“We know coming up is the gauntlet of the schedule,” Wagner said. “It is going to take our best game, my best game as a coach and our best game as a coaching staff in order to simply put our best foot forward. Win or lose, it will be a testament of where we are at.”

The Durango game is scheduled to kickoff at 6 p.m. 

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