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Defense helps Tigers football win first game

SHERIDAN- Zero turnovers. One win.

Good defense and stellar performances from Summit Tigers’ running backs produced Summit High School’s first win of the season Friday night, as they drilled the Sheridan Rams 33-6.

Brandon Ives ran for three touchdowns, including a 90-yard jaunt in the third quarter on a counter play that gave the Tigers a 24-0 lead. Summit, ahead 12-0 at halftime, spoke at intermission about the previous game, when Jefferson broke open an 8-6 game in the third quarter.

“We wanted to come out and put one more touchdown on the board,” quarterback Drew Arnesen said. “From the first possession, we knew we could move the ball.

Preston Johnson, during his first game back from ineligibility, ran 87 yards for one touchdown in the second quarter. He and Arnesen, who returned to the lineup after three weeks spent recovering from a concussion, also connected on a 25-yard touchdown late in the game. The Tigers, who didn’t turn the ball over once, had a defense that didn’t allow a score. The Rams’ only time in the endzone came on a kickoff return in the fourth quarter.

“It’s great to have them put everything on the field and come out with a victory,” head coach Rob Royer said.

The win came a week after the Tigers voted as a team to move to an independent schedule for two years, starting in 2004. The goal is to rebuild a program by playing teams outside the tough Class 3A Metro League.

But the Tigers found one league team it could handle, easily. “Having Johnson back was a big help,” Arnesen said.

“The kids went out and played their hearts out,” Royer said. “We had a great week of practice.”

Arnesen gave credit to the front seven. “They were pushing their defensive line all around,” he said. “They were really the difference.”

John Baker, the Tigers’ starting tackle, dislocated his kneecap, but is expected to play Friday when the Tigers take on Mountain Vista at Summit High School at 7 p.m.

– Daily News staff report

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