Summit Tigers play gutsy football; Summit School District should have a trainer stationed on the sidelines |

Summit Tigers play gutsy football; Summit School District should have a trainer stationed on the sidelines

We have a new sport at Summit High School. It is called “pure guts football.” The name is derived from one of the best high school football games I have seen Summit play in years.

Friday night we played Englewood, away, at their homecoming. Outnumbered four-to-one, outweighed by 20, 30, 40 pounds or more – for the first three quarters the Summit Tigers gave the No. 2-ranked team everything it could have asked for.

Our 20-some players, most playing on both sides of the ball, demonstrated courage, skill, determination and sheer guts against a foe that would have made David and Goliath look like a fair fight.

Our kids played their hearts out. I congratulate our players and coaches for a job well done. A loss is never fun, but to play as well as they did makes each and every one of them true winners.

The only disappointment of the evening was, once again, traveling to an away game and not having our team trainer travel with our team.

Someone in the athletic department or the administration has made a very poor decision, probably in the name of saving a couple of bucks, that not only places our team in a competitive disadvantage, but also places each individual player at risk if there is an injury.

At one time during Friday’s game, our coach had to yell into the stands for a parent who is a nurse to come down and attend to one of our players.

No amount of money saved or excuses offered could be worth a serious injury to one of our players because he could not get proper medical attention during a game.

Come on, Summit School District. These kids are playing their hearts out for us. The least you could do is provide the support they require and deserve.

And for the rest of the fans, come to the game and support our team Friday night (Sept. 27) during our Homecoming weekend. These kids have earned the cheers of our entire community.

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