Tigers pounce on Mustangs in triple overtime
KREMMLING – The ball literally bounced the Tigers’ way on Friday night.Down by six in triple overtime, Summit High School junior running back Robert Phipps was on his way to a game-tying touchdown, when a West Grand defender punched the ball loose, sending it into the endzone.Luckily Jordan McCarthy was right there to pounce on the ball and junior Braden Shoop kicked his fifth extra point of the night to give SHS a 35-34 win over West Grand in the first game of the year.”(McCarthy) was blocking his man and they both saw it and he just beat the defender to the ball,” first-year Summit coach Dylan Hollingsworth said. “Then in that pressure situation, it was a perfect snap, perfect hold and perfect kick.”Freshman quarterback Talon Roggasch led SHS with three touchdown passes. The Tigers and Mustangs were both scoreless at halftime. The only first-half scoring opportunity for Summit ended when Shoop missed an 18-yard field goal.In the third quarter, the Tigers (1-0) took the first lead when Phipps intercepted a pass and returned the ball to the West Grand 20-yard line. Phipps then followed the pick with a short touchdown run.Junior wide receiver Ryan Eberhart made the score 14-0 when he caught a 30-yard touchdown from Roggasch.The Tigers started to wear down after Eberhart’s score, allowing the Mustangs to move the ball for the first time in the game. West Grand scored for the first time late in the third quarter, but missed a two point conversion to make it 14-6, SHS. With three minutes left in the fourth quarter the Mustangs scored again and converted the two-point try to tie the game. Summit took a few shots at the endzone, but to no avail, setting up free football for the fans in Kremmling. In overtime, each team had four downs to score from the other team’s 10-yard line. Both teams scored every overtime period, but West Grand couldn’t convert an extra point attempt in the third overtime, setting up the crucial Tiger fumble recovery.”I was so happy with the heart and intensity our kids showed,” Hollingsworth said. “We came back from being down three times to win that thing. That shows the character of the kids. The rest of the year can be built on what we learned (Friday) night.”Lefthanded sophomore quarterback Scott Campbell was slated to start for the Tigers but was injured earlier in the week and will miss the entire season.Campbell lacerated his liver while “goofing around with some friends,” according to Hollingsworth.”They were good friends and they hit each other,” Hollingsworth said. “They were running between two trees and Scott ran into a boulder.”The Tigers’ first home game of the season is Friday at 7 p.m., when they host Woodland Park. Andy Frame can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 236, or at email@example.com.
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