Summit ‘Fantasy’ Football: Scoring the Tigers’ big win versus Steamboat Springs
Riding a six-headed rushing attack, the Summit High School varsity football team put together its best performance of the year last Friday night in its 35-21 comeback win versus Steamboat Springs.
On the defensive side of the ball, Summit made the appropriate adjustments with their linebackers and secondary to aid Summit’s front line in bottling up the Sailors’ rushing attack. On the offensive side, Summit settled in to amass more than 400 yards of total offense, including more than 350 of those yards coming on the ground.
With Summit’s (3-5, 2-1 3A Western Slope League) next contest on tap for 7 p.m. on Oct. 26, on the road at Glenwood Springs (3-5, 2-1), the Tigers still have a chance to reach .500 on the season if they’re able to defeat the Demons and top Palisade at home on Senior Night, scheduled for next Friday at 7 p.m.
To preview this Friday’s road matchup at Glenwood Springs, we’ve again dove into, hypothetically, scoring Summit varsity football using the standard National Football League Fantasy football scoring system. This allows us to view the individual offensive performances of Summit’s offensive skill position players — as well as their placekicker — using the fun-loving medium that is Fantasy Football.
Without star senior wide receiver/wingback Max Duxbury — who didn’t play last Friday due to injury — it was a returning Noah Martens who paced Summit on the field and in the Fantasy Football scoring department. Martens racked up a gaudy 26.3 Fantasy points on the strength of 143 yards rushing on 19 carries — good for a 7.5-yards-per-carry clip. Martens also tacked on two crucial second-half touchdown runs to pair 12 Fantasy touchdown points with 14.3 rushing points.
The sophomore running back Martens wasn’t the only Tiger last week to top the 20-point Fantasy plateau, though. And, if not for injury, Martens’ fellow sophomore running back Cam Kalaf might have pushed 30 points. Despite a leg injury that suddenly forced him out of the contest and onto crutches in the second half, Kalaf scored 21.1 Fantasy points by way of 123 rushing yards on 15 carries (8.2 YPC), 28 receiving yards on four catches, and one rushing touchdown.
A third sophomore running back, Jackson Veeneman, was the only other Tiger on Friday to reach double-digit Fantasy points. Veeneman did so by rushing 13 times for 69 yards (5.3 YPC), while tacking on a rushing score to boot.
Six other Summit players — including placekicker Sammy Pothier — racked up individual Fantasy points versus Steambaot Springs, led by the 9.5 points from senior quarterback Brendan Collins. Collins reached that number by completing six passes at an average clip of 10.1 yards-per-completion while also adding on 11 rushing yards and a one-yard quarterback-sneak touchdown-plunge.
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DILLON — This wild ride is almost over for the Summit High School varsity football team (1-3) and seniors like captains Kobe Cortright and Cam Kalaf.