Mistakes lead to Tiger loss
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The Tigers moved the ball well on offense and created some turnovers on defense, but in the end, it was a few mistakes that came back to bite them.
“It was just a combination of small things,” SHS head coach Dylan Hollingsworth said. “To be honest, we did not tackle well, we blew some assignments defensively, and had some mishandled snaps on offense and other things. It was all the little things that did it.”
And all of it added up to a 44-7 loss to No. 5 D’Evelyn Thursday night for the Summit High football team at Trailblazer Field.
The loss leaves the Tigers without a win through their four non-conference games to start the season.
Even though the offense rushed for only 73 yards and the defense struggled at times, Hollingsworth said his team did show some signs of improvement.
“The last two weeks now, we’ve moved the ball, but we just need to finish better,” the coach said.
The Tigers had the ball three separate times inside the D’Evelyn 5-yard line and came away with nothing. Once came on the last play of the first half – a fourth-down attempt that was never snapped as the clock ran out.
Sophomore Nic Berry – making his first varsity start under center while junior Jason Looby is out – played well, connecting on 10-18 passes for 142 yards and the team’s lone score, a 7-yard strike to Nick Raymond.
Most of Berry’s yards came from tosses to Charlie Whittaker, who had a huge night. The senior wideout had a career-high 101 yards receiving.
“He had a great game for us,” Hollingsworth said. “He brought the ball, by himself, inside their 5-yard line two different times.”
And the defense had some highlights as well. Junior Tyler Nelson intercepted a pass, and Sage Miller had what Hollingsworth called the play of the night. The junior linebacker split a double team on a screen pass and laid a big hit on the D’Evelyn back, stripping the ball and eventually recovering the fumble himself.
The Tiger coach was also impressed with his defensive line – Kyle Metzger, Nolan Rookey, Trevor Barton and Alex Fitch – as well as kicker Ridge Strickler, who is now 8-for-8 on PATs after missing his first attempt to start the season.
The Tigers (0-4) begin conference play next week when they host Conifer for homecoming at Tiger Stadium. Friday’s game is slated for a 6 p.m. start.
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