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Summit football stormed by No. 2 Elizabeth

BRYCE EVANS
summit daily news
Summit County, Colorado

FARMER’S KORNER – The snow came in heavy, hard and sideways at Farmer’s Korner as the Tigers readied their kickoff team for the start of Friday’s showdown with Elizabeth.

It was cold; it was windy; and Summit’s hopes against the No. 2 team in the state looked bleak before the ball even left the tee.

Sure, the snow eventually let up about eight minutes into the game, but the Tigers were caught in a storm the whole night.

Summit had two interceptions and a blocked punt returned for touchdowns in the first half alone and struggled to a 54-0 loss at the hands of one of the best teams in 3A.

“Things were not going well, but we don’t need to give them things,” SHS head coach Dylan Hollingsworth said. “You make it hard enough on yourself playing a good team, and when you play a good team they make you pay for those types of mistakes.”

The Cardinals, whom Hollingsworth called the best team Summit’s faced all season, seemed to thrive in the adverse, wintry conditions. The Tigers seemed to shiver their way into hibernation.

Amid swarming snow flurries, Elizabeth drove 80 yards on six plays to open the game with a touchdown. The Cardinals then picked off a slippery Summit pass on the Tigers’ second play from scrimmage, returning it 33 yards for another score.

Only 3:45 into the first quarter, the Tigers were in a deep 14-0 hole – and it only got worse.

After senior tailback and fill-in quarterback Michael Daigle went down with an injury, Elizabeth rolled up the score while Summit sputtered on both sides of the ball.

By halftime, the Cardinals had an astonishing – and demoralizing – 48-0 lead.

“An injury here at a critical moment – suddenly, Mike Daigle’s out – and everything we had planned coming in is thrown out,” Hollingsworth said. “Then we plan on doing something else, and another kid’s out.”

The Tigers actually put together their most promising drive of the night on their second possession of the third quarter. Sophomore quarterback Nic Berry swung a pass into the flat for senior Cody Holland, who took the ball 10 yards for a first down. Then on the next play, Berry picked up a smooth 16, keeping it on an option.

A block-in-the-back penalty stopped the drive, but, at the very least, the Tigers showed a determination to not let up with the game well out of reach.

Summit managed only six first downs on the night, while Elizabeth never once had to call out its punting unit. The Cardinals scored on all but the final possession of the game, which was stopped only by the dwindling clock, not the Tiger defense.

Still looking for win No. 1 on the season, the Tigers have an extra day of practice this week before facing off with Ridgeview Academy Oct. 16 at 1 p.m.

“We’ve got an extra day to prepare and we’ll take advantage of it,” Hollingsworth said. “We’ll get back to basics – blocking, tackling – and keep preaching to the kids that we still have three weeks left in the season and we have things we can accomplish here.”


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