SHS football gets to 3-1 by beating rival Huskies
EAGLE-VAIL – The Summit High School football team came from behind Friday night to notch its third victory of the young season, 21-14, over the host Huskies of Battle Mountain.Trailing 14-7 at halftime and having produced a mere 70 yards in the first half, the Tigers (3-1) rebounded in the final 24 minutes, racking up nearly 160 yards and avenging a stinging blowout in last year’s Homecoming game.Billy Barto scored two rushing touchdowns for the second week in a row while Tim Henning (13 carries for 35 yards) and Jordan Sitkoski (9 carries for 67 yards) pounded the Huskies (1-3) behind an outsized but not outworked offensive line.
Freshman quarterback Talon Roggasch completed only 3 of 10 passes, but two of those completions went for 68 yards and a touchdown to Ryan Eberhart.Eberhart’s other catch was a circus grab between two defenders that placed the Tigers at the Huskies’ 3-yard line for the winning score late in the third period. “That was an absolute turning point for us,” head coach Dylan Hollingsworth said. “The passing game will put us over the top in a lot of ways, but right now the kids are running the ball well. Our line did a great job tonight against a team that was a lot bigger than us.”
Eberhart also intercepted a late Battle Mountain bomb near midfield that essentially sealed the win. The Huskies had been pinned on their own 4-yard line by a pinpoint 55-yard punt from Drew Crangle with 1:43 remaining.Eberhart’s pick wasn’t the only bright spot defensively. Summit forced four turnovers, while Adam Rochford and Crangle each recorded 11 tackles.The Tigers have forced a staggering 10 turnovers in the past two weeks, but have given away seven of their own, a problem Hollingsworth knows kept the game closer than it could have been Friday night.
“It was a tight game the whole way,” Hollingsworth said. “They’re a very talented team and we feel fortunate to get out of there with a win.”Mike Morris can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 223, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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