Summit High Sports Wrap-up
Field position and injuries killed the Tigers’ hopes in Friday night’s homecoming football game against league powerhouse Delta. After matching Delta’s opening touchdown drive with a score of their own — thanks in part to a 42-yard run by Tiger senior Tristan McDonald and goal-line rush by backup quarterback Riley Beck — the Tigers were unable to hold on to their momentum, falling to Delta 35-7
“I think we were back to what we saw last year,” Tiger coach Dylan Hollingsworth said after the game. “In other words, get a first down, 15-yard penalty. Drive the ball, throw an interception. It was that kind of stuff.”
He also credited a weak performance by an offensive line that had been strong in previous weeks.
“Our offensive line has got to improve,” he said. “It’s one of the units that has seemed to have stepped back during the season. They’ve got to step up to the challenge this week, and we called them out on that.”
The final score, however, didn’t do justice to what was an otherwise strong defensive performance. The Tigers forced Delta into a number of punts and failed fourth-down conversions. But when most of the Panthers’ drives started in or near the Tigers half of the field, scoring was almost inevitable.
Hollingsworth later called their average starting field position on defense “horrible,” adding, “our punting didn’t help.”
“Honestly, I thought our defense played well,” he said, assessing his team as a whole. “Offensively, that’s what hurt us. I don’t know if we had a drive that was over five or six plays after we tied it up 7-7.”
The Tigers were without starting quarterback and punter Luke Egging, who broke his thumb in the team’s previous game against Eagle Valley.
Egging was able to play on defense with a large foam-covered cast. He recorded one of the team’s two sacks.
Junior Riley Beck replaced Egging, completing only two passes on the night, but rushed for 87 yards. After the big run early, McDonald had a total 84 yards on the ground.
The Tigers limited Delta on offense early, but a touchdown with 45 seconds left in the first half put Delta up a demoralizing 21-7 going into halftime.
After forcing Delta to punt on the opening drive of the second half, the Tigers looked like they might get back in the game with a promising drive. But the drive ended with an interception thrown by Beck at the Delta 35-yard line.
The team will host Grand Junction Central Friday night at Tiger Stadium — 7 p.m. kickoff.
Soccer: The boys soccer team added to their six-game win streak last Tuesday night with a big 3-0 win over league rival Steamboat Springs. The win puts the Tigers alone atop the Western Slope conference standings at 7-0-1 in-conference and 9-1-1 overall, with just four regular season games remaining. Steamboat is currently second at 6-2-1 in-conference followed by Battle Mountain at 7-3. The Tigers will continue their four-game homestand with three games this week, starting Tuesday night, Oct. 7, against Glenwood Springs. They’ll host Eagle Valley Thursday and Delta Saturday, Oct. 11. The team will close the regular season the following week with what could be a key matchup with playoff implications at Battle Mountain, Wednesday, Oct. 15.
Cross-country: The Tiger cross-country team closed their regular season Saturday with another impressive performance by the girls team. Summit traveled to Englewood for the annual Windjammer Invitational. The meet included a mix of 5A, 4A and 3A schools. Eagle Valley was the only other Western Slope school participating. The girls team finished fourth of 26 schools at the meet — 17 fielded full teams. McKenna Ramsay led the way for the girls, finishing second overall, besting teammate Ruthie Boyd who finished fourth. Both girls gained a lot of ground in the race’s final mile, passing eight other runners in the process.
The boys team finished 19th of 24 scoring teams.
Regionals are scheduled for Friday, Oct. 16. States will be the following week.
Volleyball: The girls volleyball team fell at home to Glenwood Springs Thursday night in a tightly contested 5-2 match. Glenwood took the opening sets 25-10 and 25-18, but the lady Tigers rallied in consecutive sets 25-22 and 25-15. Glenwood closed the final set 15-13. The Tigers will host league-leading Battle Mountain Tuesday night, Oct. 7, starting a busy week with games at Steamboat Thursday and home against Delta Saturday, Oct. 11.
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