Tigers 1-1 after Battle Mountain loss
After opening the season with a decisive win against Salida, the Summit High Tigers traveled over the pass to take on Battle Mountain Friday night.
The 46-6 loss doesn’t necessarily reflect how the team played, head coach Dylan Hollingsworth said Saturday morning.
“We told the kids, ‘losing is not OK,'” Hollingsworth said. “Last year, it was just another loss; it’s a game – whatever. With this team we don’t have that expectation. We feel like we can play with anybody. So, the first thing they need to understand is that it’s not OK.”
There were a couple bright spots: The Tigers rushed for almost 200 yards and had some big offensive plays, despite being denied the end zone in all but one attempt. They were inside the 20 three other times but came away with nothing due to fumbles and penalties in the red zone.
Also positive, quarterback Jason Looby threw some nice passes in his second game back from last year’s knee injury.
The Battle Mountain Huskies came out strong, returning the kickoff 96 yards for an early touchdown. Summit battled back, however, driving the ball 80 yards down the field for a touchdown on its first possession. There was a poor snap on the extra point, resulting in an early score of 7-6.
The Huskies quickly scored again, then after an unsuccessful drive, Summit botched a punt and gave up the ball on the 1-yard line.
The game got away from them in the second half.
“The special teams mistakes in the first half really, really hurt us,” Hollingsworth said. “You can’t make special teams mistakes like that and get penalties like that and expect to beat a team like that.”
The Tigers didn’t underestimate Battle Mountain before the game; they knew it would be a brawl. They were, however, surprised that they stayed in the double wing all night, running three or four plays and just overpowering the visitors.
After last year’s disappointing season, the team needs to find a way to stay focused and fight from behind, its coach said.
“As a coaching staff we need to sit them down and go through some film and show them the things they need to do a better job of,” Hollingsworth said. “We’re going back to the fundamental things to look at what we did on offense.
“We have to stay positive. You can measure a team with how they bounce back from adversity, so we’ll talk about that this week,” he added. “If we can find a way to bounce back from this, we’ll be fine. If we don’t bounce back, then things start to steamroll. But we don’t have kids on this team with that type of character. We’re better than that.”
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