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Tigers shut out at home by Woodland Park

Summit Daily/Brad Odekirk Summit High running back Billy Barto keeps his eyes upfield looking for holes in first quarter action at Tiger Field Friday evening at the Tigers home opener.

FARMER’S KORNER – The Summit High School football team will have to look hard to find positives from Friday night’s home opener against Woodland Park.Coming off a triple-overtime win at West Grand last week, the Tigers’ confidence was soaring going into their second game. But SHS was physically manhandled by the Panthers at Tigers Field and lost 26-0.After falling behind 14-0 in the first quarter, first-year Summit coach Dylan Hollingsworth spread out the offense and went to the air. But freshman signal caller Talon Roggasch couldn’t find a semblance of a rhythym, finishing 3-for-18, with 47 yards and two interceptions. “We were not mentally prepared for this one,” Hollingsworth said. “(The coaches) saw it prior to the game. Things were not business.”The Tigers received the opening kickoff, but on the second play from scrimmage Roggasch was picked off by Panther safety J Gromelski at the Summit 29-yard line.It only took Woodland Park running back Ray Thomas two plays to rumble into the end zone from there.

“If (Roggasch) throws that over the top, it’s probably a touchdown,” Hollingsworth said of the interception. It didn’t take long for the Panthers to score again. After Summit’s offense was stopped at midfield, Tigers punter Drew Crangle pinned the visitors inside their 20-yard line. But it still only took Woodland Park two running plays to find paydirt. This time it was an 83-yard run by senior running back Mike Demoret.”We all came out a little hesitant,” junior SHS running back Robert Phipps said. “Our defense shut (West Grand) down in the first half last week, and we thought we could do that again, but when it didn’t happen we were all like ‘whoa.'”The struggles continued on the next Tigers possession. Freshman running back Jordan Sitkoski busted a 37-yard run into Panther territory, bringing the large home crowd to its feet for the first time. Roggasch then found Jordan McCarthy for a 17-yard completion to the Woodland Park 19.

But just two plays later, Phipps fumbled and a Panther recovered the loose ball to end Summit’s best drive of the first half. Thomas added another touchdown in the second quarter to put the Panthers up 20-0 at halftime. Summit’s defense looked like a different team in the second half, holding the Panthers’ running game at bay, but the Tiger offense still couldn’t move the ball. At quarterback, Gromelski scored a late fourth-quarter touchdown to give Woodland Park the 26-0 win. “In the second half, with the exception of the one touchdown, we controlled the defensive side of the ball against the seventh-ranked team in 3A,” Hollingsworth said. “We kept feeling if we got one big play we’d turn the game around.”McCarthy was the lone star for the Tigers Friday night. The senior defensive end had two sacks and two fumble recoveries to go with five tackles and a batted pass. On offense, McCarthy had one catch for 14 yards from his tight end position.

“I had two sacks, but I missed six other sacks,” McCarthy said. “On offense I need to block better and on defense I need to tackle better.”After the improved second half, the team’s confidence wasn’t completely shaken.”This was a fluke,” Phipps said. “We’re going to come out and have great games every week for the next eight games.” Summit travels to Aspen for a Saturday contest with the Skiers next week.Andy Frame can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 236, or at aframe@summitdaily.com.

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