Summit football cruises to homecoming win
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FARMER’S KORNER ” The captains for both teams stood at midfield, moments before Friday night’s kick off at No. 6 Summit’s homecoming football game against Arvada.
The head official flipped a coin in the air, and the Bull Dog captains won the toss, electing to receive.
That moment was important, as it would be the last time that Arvada would feel the thrill of victory for the rest of the night.
The Tigers scored early and often. They took a 21-0 lead by the end of the first quarter, didn’t have to punt until the second half and finished with a 55-14 win.
“We just played our game tonight,” senior tailback Talon Roggasch said.
Roggasch scored Summit’s first four touchdowns, two passing and two receiving. He finished with 38 yards on the ground and another 58 off catches. Senior quarterback Landon Greve completed six passes for 111 yards and three touchdowns, and senior fullback Jordan Sitkoski picked up 61 yards rushing and a touchdown.
“It’s not easy,” head coach Dylan Hollingsworth said of his team being unbeaten at 6-0.
” … It’s great to see the support that our community showed for us tonight. So many of them came out to support us.”
Both Greve and Roggasch were a bit nervous before Friday’s game. Not because of the capacity crowd or their win streak, though.
“We warmed up flat,” Roggasch said. “Us older kids on the team were a little worried because we know what can happen if you come out flat.”
“We were just as flat as can be,” Greve said.
If that was true, it was impossible to tell, as Arvada was the team to make key
After a quick three-and-out on the opening drive of the game, Arvada fumbled the snap on the impending punt, letting the Tigers take over on a short field.
Summit wasted little time before Roggasch took a hand off and drove up the middle for the score on the Tigers’ fifth play of the game.
Arvada did the exact same thing on their second possession of the night, fumbling another long snap.
Greve then hit Roggasch on an 11-yard pass for a touchdown, and the Tigers led 13-0 with 6:15 remaining in the opening quarter.
After a third-straight Arvada three-and-out, Summit took over at the Bull Dogs’ 40-yard line.
This time it took Summit all of six plays to score its third touchdown of the game, a 1-yard run by Roggasch.
“A big part of (our quick start) was the mistakes that Arvada made early,” Hollingsworth said. “They put themselves in a hole by not handling punts and snaps, and those led to quick scores for us.”
When Arvada muffed the catch on the next kick off, the Bull Dogs were forced to start at their own 10-yard line.
Minutes later, when the horn sounded for the end of the first quarter, the ball came out of the south end of the field for the first time as the teams switched sides.
The change of scenery didn’t change the tone of the game, though.
Summit received a punt at the Arvada 49, and methodically marched down the field.
Then when an Arvada defensive back slipped in coverage, Roggasch caught an 18-yarder for an easy score.
The Tigers would tack on two more touchdowns before the break, with junior Cody Thomas taking one 30-yards to pay dirt and senior wideout Scott Rappleye snagging a 36-yard toss from Greve for a 42-0 lead.
Arvada would score late in the half on a halfback pass with 26.9 seconds remaining. When they failed on the two-point conversion, Summit had a 42-6 halftime lead.
The exceptional play of the Summit defense, Greve said, was a major reason for the lopsided score.
“The pressure just goes away on offense with having our defense,” he said. ” … They put us in incredible field position.”
“Our whole goal as a defensive line is to keep giving them 1-yard losses, all night,” senior lineman Zach Campbell said.
Summit used the second half to give younger players some in-game experience.
The Tigers still managed to score two more touchdowns, one on a Sitkoski run, and the other on an interception return by junior linebacker Rick Dreyer.
The 55-14 win gave the sixth-ranked Tigers their fifth win in conference and sixth overall.
Hollingsworth was happy to be able to give some of his players some rest in the second half, Friday, because he knows the road certainly doesn’t get easier for his Tigers.
“We are going to run into a lot of tough teams,” he said. “We have to prepare every week like it’s Week 14, because that’s where we want to be.”
The 14th week of the season would be the state championship game.
Before they get to that point, the Tigers (6-0, 5-0) will face Alameda High School Friday night at Trailblazer Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
Bryce Evans can be reached at (970) 668-4634 or at bevans@
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