Tigers rebound, improve to 2-1 on season
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Summit High football was able to bounce back after a disappointing second-week loss to Battle Mountain. In their home opener Friday night, the Tigers decisively beat the Eagle Valley Devils 28-12, improving their record to 2-1 on the season.
“I thought we did some things really well. One of the things we were really good at was taking advantage of the mistakes that Eagle Valley had,” head coach Dylan Hollingsworth said. “We caused a few turnovers and that gave us good field position for most of the night. Then it became a situation where we’re not trying to shoot ourselves in the foot.”
Hollingsworth said avoiding the mental mistakes, such as people lining up in the wrong places and missing blocking assignments, is one of the things the team will try and sharpen up heading into this week. The tigers only had a few penalties all night, but they turned out to be pretty big at inopportune times.
“With regards to bouncing back, it was good to see that we were able to come out and respond. There was still too many mental errors, which we saw this week in practice as well.”
Andrew Ike and the defense put the Tigers in good field position pressuring the quarterback and causing the ball to pop up for an interception. Then, Sage Miller got things going offensively for the Tigers with a 2-yard run for a touchdown in the first quarter.
The second score of the game was almost hampered by a holding penalty on the Eagle Valley 10-yard line, which bumped the Tigers back to the 20. But Jason Looby was able to hit Marquees McDonald on a play-action 20-yard pass.
The third touchdown also came as the result of a turnover, a fumbled punt return that the Tigers were able to recover. Summit drove the ball down to the 2-yard line and Looby snuck it in for the third score of the game.
The last touchdown in the fourth quarter, which was also set up by a fumble, was a 26-yard reception to Andrew Ike.
Looby’s accuracy was “OK,” Hollingsworth said. The quarterback was 2-7 in the first half and improved to 4-7 with one pick in the second. At 6-14 on the night, coach said he’d like to see him get above 50 percent.
“Jason’s got to do a better job of recognizing what’s going on a little bit sooner. That will help him a lot,” Hollingsworth said.
The defense held the Devils to six points through the fourth quarter and Hollingsworth gives that side of the ball a lot of credit for the win.
“We were bending and not breaking, had a lot of big plays. We were able to get sacks and keep them at limited yardage,” Hollingsworth said. “(Eagle Valley) found themselves in long-yard situations a lot during the game. And then for some reason we were giving up third-and-longs. We’ve got to get that taken care of. I was really proud of the way the defense played.”
Among noteworthy defensive performers was Alex Sleep, who made two big tackles at the end of the game preventing touchdowns. It felt like the game was over, but with a two-point conversion and an onside kick, the Devils could have snuck back. So Hollingsworth was pleased to see the team finish the game.
Sitting at 2-1 on the season, the Tigers take on D’Evelyn at home on Friday.
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