Summit football’s win versus Woodland Park, according to ‘Fantasy’ football
What a game it was for the Summit High School varsity football team last Friday night versus Woodland Park. There were back-to-back wild special teams touchdown plays to kick off the game. There were multiple explosive scoring plays from either offense. And there was a frantic final moment of football during which it wasn’t clear if Woodland Park was allotted five downs or the more standard four to complete their final Hail Mary play.
In the end, the Tigers defense rose to the occasion on that final passing play with seven seconds remaining to give Summit its first varsity football win since Oct. 6 of last year. Through the victory, Summit showcased that when its offense is clicking on all cylinders, it receives contributions from myriad group players across its spread offense. Defensively, the Tigers exuded a penchant to corral turnovers and an ability to withstand a second-half aerial assault while clinging to the lead, which brings us to some of the standout performances from Friday night’s game.
With Summit’s next contest on tap for 7 p.m. Friday evening at home at Tiger Stadium versus Elizabeth (1-2), the Tigers have the chance to improve their record to 2-3 on the season before the stretch of five consecutive 3A Western Slope league games to round out the 2018 campaign.
Heading into Friday’s game, Summit’s team — particularly its offense — is brimming with improved confidence after the Tigers totaled more than 310 yards of offense against Woodland Park last Friday. On the defensive side, Summit forced three turnovers at critical junctures in the second half to keep momentum on its side in front of the home crowd and en route to victory.
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To preview Friday’s second home game of the season, 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 and defensive/special teams units — using the fun-loving medium that is Fantasy Football.
In what should be a surprise to no one who attended last Friday night’s game, Summit senior Max Duxbury was the runaway top Fantasy point-earner for the Tigers on Friday night. Duxbury sent the home crowd into a frenzy just 26 seconds into the game by taking Woodland Park’s first kick-off of the game from inside the Tigers’ 10-yard-line to the house for Summit’s first lead of the season. That singular play earned Duxbury six Fantasy points. The wide receiver and defensive back added 10.3 more points via a 43-yard touchdown strike down the sideline from Tigers senior quarterback Brendan Collins at the 4:59 mark of the first quarter.
The Tigers’ second-highest Fantasy point-earner on Friday churned his way to his 14.9 points over many more plays than the explosive Duxbury required. In his first action back from missing Summit’s 55-7 loss to Conifer on Sept. 7 due to attending his brother’s wedding, sophomore star Noah Martens was slow — by his standards — to pick up his offensive numbers in the first half. Woodland Park keyed on Martens through a first half where the running back carried the ball six times for 22 yards and received three passes for 27 yards all while seemingly battling a sudden shoulder injury. But the injury didn’t keep him down for long, as Martens ran the ball a further 10 times in the second half, including an 11-yard touchdown plunge that earned him 14.9 total Fantasy points.
Martens also recovered a fumble while playing linebacker for Summit’s defense in the second half. It was one of three times the Tigers new “turnover chain” was broken out in the second half, including timely interceptions by junior defensive back Alexi Unevarez and sophomore defensive back Kobe Cortright. Those six total turnover points combined with Duxbury’s special teams touchdown earned the Tigers defense and special teams a dozen Fantasy points, though relenting 30 total points to Woodland Park subtracted a point by NFL standards.
Six other Tigers individual players earned Fantasy points on Friday, led by 11 points for junior running back Brandon Montealegre on the strength of 50 rushing yards and one rushing touchdowns.
Not to be outdone by his offensive teammates, Summit placekicker Samuel Pothier V connected on all five of his point-after-touchdown kick attempts to earn five Fantasy points. He lost a point on a missed 33-yard field goal attempt to cap the first half, but Pothier redeemed himself and three Fantasy points with 2:41 remaining in the third quarter when his second 33-yard attempt split the uprights to give the Tigers a 31-24 lead.
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