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Summit High: Football team’s solid 3 quarters enough for win

BRYCE EVANS
summit daily news
Summit County, Colorado

Summit High head football coach Dylan Hollingsworth summed up his team’s first game of the season pretty well: “Thinking back, it was kind of like a microcosm for an entire season.”

After pulling out to a 33-6 lead at Battle Mountain Friday, the Tigers gave up 24 fourth-quarter points, but eventually held on for the 33-30 win.

“It was exciting at the beginning. Then we had a lull in the middle, and it picked back up at the end,” Hollingsworth said.

Overall, Hollingsworth was pleased to get the win in any way that his team could, especially with a lineup that features many new varsity players.

“We didn’t know how this group would react in a varsity game,” the coach said. “We’re very happy with what we saw, but we still have a lot of work to do.”

One of the highlights for the Tigers was the play of senior quarterback Sam Dudick, who ran for 182 yards in his first high school football game – ever.

“For his first game since eighth grade, he comes out and accounts for about 280 yards of total offense. That was great,” Hollingsworth said.

Dudick helped the Tigers to a pair of first-half scores. First, he hit fellow senior Rick Dreyer on a pass over the middle for a touchdown, then took off and ran for a 50-yard score to close out the half with a 12-0 Summit lead.

After Summit gave up a score early in the third quarter, the Tigers rattled off three straight touchdowns to take a seemingly insurmountable 33-6 lead. Dudick scored the first on another long run, before senior fullback Nate Roe and Dreyer each ran in a touchdown.

The Tigers as a whole rushed for more than 300 yards in the game, and Hollingsworth credited not only Summit’s talented runners but also their relatively inexperienced offensive line.

“We came into the season thinking that our offensive line might be the weakest part of our team,” Hollingsworth said, noting the amount of starters that graduated from last year’s team. “But they did some great things out there.”

In addition to Dudick’s 182-yard outburst, Dreyer and Roe both eclipsed 70 yards on the night.

But after taking the 27-point lead, the Tigers had trouble in the fourth quarter with Battle Mountain’s no-huddle offense and an uncharacteristic amount of penalties.

“We just had a ton of penalties,” Hollingsworth said. “We had two that prevented us from scoring touchdowns, then two that led to them scoring touchdowns.”

The Tigers held on, however, and left Battle Mountain with a 1-0 record.

Even with the fourth-quarter lapse, Hollingsworth was pleased with the play of his defense. The coach commended Cody Holland’s play at linebacker, as well as both Roe and Keynan Roggasch coming off the edges on the defensive line. Hollingsworth also was impressed by his secondary.

“Our defensive backs were great, and (Battle Mountain) went after them all night,” he said of the group that has four new starters. “They wound up picking off two passes, and … they did a fantastic job.”

The Tigers still have two more non-conference games before opening up league play at Centaurus on Sept. 26. Hollingsworth sees these next few weeks as a chance for his team to “grow as much as possible.”

“We need to find a way to be consistent,” he said. “We have the athletes to do it. We just need to figure out a way to play for four quarters.”

Summit (1-0) plays its first home game Friday at Climax Molybdenum Field at Tiger Stadium. The game starts at 7 p.m.


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