‘Finally,’ SHS football gets first win
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Summit County, Colorado
FARMER’S KORNER – Summit head coach Dylan Hollingsworth summed up his feelings in one word Friday night after his Tiger football team beat Jefferson 56-0.
“Finally,” he said, sounding more than relieved.
It took until the eighth week of the season for Summit to taste victory this fall, but it took just one play for the Tigers to establish their dominance over the outmatched Saints Friday at The Mine.
Taking a shot gun snap on Summit’s first offensive play, Michael Daigle made a quick read of the Jefferson defense, faked a handoff and bolted through the left side of the line. The speedy senior sprinted through a gigantic hole, and before the Saints defense even realized he had the ball, Daigle was jogging the last few steps of his 31-yard touchdown run.
The next time Summit touched the ball again on offense, the score was already 20-0 and the route was on.
“It feels nice to finally get it,” Daigle said of the win. “It’s nice to know our team finally put it all together.”
Daigle, a shifty halfback who has filled in under center off-and-on throughout the season, had a monster night, despite not many carries. Daigle rushed only five times in the game, but picked up 128 yards and three touchdowns while playing quarterback the entire first half.
He also returned a punt 52 yards for a score.
“I didn’t expect it that way, but whatever helps the team is what I needed to do,” Daigle said. ” … It’s just nice to walk off this way with the win. Our team just played so well together and was having fun, knowing that we can finally put it all together.”
As dynamic as the Tiger rushing attack was in the game – they had seven runs of more than 25 yards – the Summit defense may have been more dominant. The Tigers allowed just three first downs the entire game and forced four turnovers – two that resulted in touchdowns for Summit.
Although, Jefferson certainly wasn’t the toughest opponent the Tigers have faced this season.
Both teams entered Friday night winless on the season, but Summit showed early that the game wasn’t the fistfight of futility some may have assumed.
After Daigle’s early score, the Tiger defense forced a three-and-out, which ended in Daigle’s punt return touchdown.
The next Jefferson possession, SHS junior Sage Miller recovered a fumble in the endzone for touchdown.
The Tigers weren’t done with their first-quarter scoring, though. On the next offensive possession, senior Dylan Horan busted through another gaping hole set up by the Summit offensive line to go 48 yards for the score.
Horan then made a 35-yard field goal on the next possession, and Daigle scored again – this time on a 51-yard option – to put the score to 37-0 at halftime.
“Mike Daigle had a phenomenal night, as did Dylan Horan,” Hollingsworth said.
Sophomore Nic Berry, Daigle and Horan all scored touchdowns in the second half as well.
If nothing else, Friday’s win showed the players and coaches what the Tigers could have done for most of the season. Four of Summit’s seven losses on the year have come by less than a touchdown.
“I’m happy for the kids, I’m happy for the coaches, but as the head coach, I just know where our expectations were (to start the year),” Hollingsworth said. ” … It does (feel nice), but not as nice as I thought it would feel. We left so many other ones on the table … you just know where you could be.”
The Tigers (1-7) close out the season Friday at Englewood, a team that’s loaded with seniors and was 6-1 entering this weekend.
“I think the biggest thing is asking them how did this feel? How do they want to walk off the field next week?” Hollingsworth said. “We need to get them focused and ready to play.”
The game starts at 7 p.m.
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