Tigers football beats up but loses to Mountain Vista | SummitDaily.com

Tigers football beats up but loses to Mountain Vista

FARMER’S KORNER – When Summit High School football knocked out Mountain Vista’s first-string quarterback in the first half, things were looking up for the Tigers.

After all, the Golden Eagle’s Ian McClearn came into the game ranked fourth in 4A in passing and had guided his team to a 24-6 lead.

And, in the second half, when Mountain Vista’s second-string quarterback went off with an injury, the Tigers increased their possibilities for a comeback.

But, that’s when the Golden Eagles turned to junior and 1,000-yard rusher Alex Young. Young finished the game with 172 yards on 16 carries and broke the game open with a 50-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, as his team improved to 5-3 with a 40-6 win Friday night at Tigers field.

Summit proved to have a running game of its own, however. Tommy Allard led the Tigers with 80 yards on 14 carries and Preston Johnson scored his team’s only score in the second quarter.

The drive began with a penalty on the Tigers, which forced quarterback Drew Arnesen to pass. Arnesen then hooked up with Johnson for a 25-yard gain.

Johnson’s next two runs went for 12 yards apiece and his final 3-yard jaunt into the endzone capped a long drive with a score.

Summit (1-7) also used big defensive stops by Nick Nilsen, Bryndon Tarafa, Mike Holloway and Cory Olson to keep Mountain Vista within reach for most of the contest.

Holloway also had a great game punting for Summit. He averaged almost 40 yards per kick to keep the Tigers neutral in the field-position game.

Summit has its final home game Friday against Centaurus. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Ryan Slabaugh can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 257

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