Tigers football shut out against Conifer
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In a season characterized by big wins and big losses, the Summit High football team dropped to 2-3 after a 37-0 loss at Conifer Saturday afternoon. The game marked the halfway point for the Tigers’ season.
“We get these big score differences. We either win big or lose big. That’s been the frustrating theme,” said head coach Dylan Hollingsworth after the game.
The score at the end of the first quarter was 0-0, but Conifer came out big in the second, scoring 23 points. Seven of those were the result of a snap over the Tiger punter’s head on special teams.
“(Conifer’s) coaches do a really good job. They pounded the ball on us. They only completed, maybe, three passes all day, but they run it, run it, run it. They establish a perimeter game and then come back and hit you in the mouth on the inside. And that gave us some trouble today,” Hollingsworth said.
Conifer didn’t put up any points in the third, but tacked on another 14 in the fourth, seven of which were the result of another snap over the punter’s head.
“It’s hard to know how much time to spend on special teams. Our snapper spends a lot of time taking extra snaps after practice. Once all that adrenaline gets moving in you, it’s very difficult to control sometimes,” Hollingsworth said.
The Tigers managed to get inside the 10 at one point, but were knocked back to the 25 on a tough penalty and came up empty-handed.
Hollingsworth said the team struggled to find an identity on offense, which was the biggest problem. Conifer brought pressure with eight guys, so the plan was to throw the ball. But they weren’t able to protect the passer, and quarterback Jason Loobey got knocked around a few times.
“Since I’m the offensive coordinator, I need to take the accountability on that. We still have yet to (establish some identity),” Hollingsworth said. “I really thought after weeks 1 and 3 we had done that. Even with the struggles against Battle Mountain we moved the ball. But today we did absolutely nothing to establish an offensive click.”
Running back Sage Miller had a solid performance, rushing for just around 100 yards. Nick Raymond also stepped it up at tight end and fullback, Hollingsworth said. On defense, Andrew Ike had big hits and an early interception.
Summit will take on a very tough, undefeated Evergreen team for Homecoming this week. It’s a similar type of team as Conifer: they’ll be looking to pound the ball.
“We’ve really got to get back to the basics,” Hollingsworth said. “We need to figure out why we’re having some of the issues that we’re having with our schemes. We need to start over. We’re halfway through the season; there are five games left. That’s a lot of football. … It’s time for us to step up and play to our ability.”
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