Touted Demons outplay Tigers on Homecoming |

Touted Demons outplay Tigers on Homecoming

Summit Daily/Kristin Skvorc Quarterback Talon Roggasch rolls out of the pocket Friday during the Homecoming game against Buena Vista at Summit High School. The Tigers lost 35-6.

FARMER’S KORNER – Buena Vista’s football team entered Tiger Stadium undefeated and ranked second in the state, and Friday night’s 35-6 win for the Demons did little to change that.Despite a spirited effort by Summit High School that saw the Tigers hold the game scoreless for the first quarter and a half, the physically larger Demons (5-0) eventually proved too much for the Tigers (3-2) on Summit’s Homecoming. The game’s first scores came in a cluster when Buena Vista took advantage of two Summit turnovers midway through the second quarter to pile 21 points on the scoreboard in only 3:20.Coming into the contest, Summit head coach Dylan Hollingsworth told his team that its success would depend on three things: Turnovers, tackling and big plays. All three, he said, went the Demons’ way Friday night.

“Those were the three things that cost us the game,” he said. “They’re a very talented team that deserves their ranking. That being said, the score should not have been 35-6.” The lopsided result was driven by the very turnovers that Hollingsworth had dreaded. One of freshman quarterback Talon Roggasch’s three interceptions came on Buena Vista’s goal line with less than a minute remaining in the first half, while the two second-quarter giveaways both came inside Summit’s own 30-yard line. One of the two was a tipped pass-turned-interception, the other a fumble on a kickoff return. The Tigers also had a blocked punt returned for a touchdown.”I’m not so sure we’re not better than everybody thinks we are,” Hollingsworth said. “I’m not so sure we’re not a very good team, but young and making mistakes because we’re young.”Though experience did make a difference – Buena Vista started eight seniors on defense and nine on offense – the Demons were clearly the less disciplined team, racking up a horrendous 125 penalty yards, including two personal fouls. Summit was penalized only once.

Junior running back Tim Henning, who finished with 66 yards on 15 carries, said that the field opened up dramatically as his offensive line fell into a rhythm in the second half. Hollingsworth was encouraged by the team’s work through the air, as well. Roggasch finished with 119 yards on 6-of-17 passing and showed poise beyond his years for much of the night, throwing the ball away, taking a sack or scrambling for a short gain when the situation called for it, rather than forcing a throw into traffic.Junior receiver Ryan Eberhart caught four of Roggasch’s tosses for 94 yards.”We’ve come so far already this year,” Hollingsworth said. “I’m not disappointed in my team. Yeah, we lost, but that score is not an indication of how we played. It was closer than that.”

The Tigers’ lone score came with a minute left in the final quarter, when freshman back Jordan Sitkoski put together four quick runs for 40 of his 62 rushing yards, including the 5-yard touchdown strike.Henning was encouraged with the attitudes he saw in the huddle near the end of the game. Hold your blocks, do your duties, get it done, his teammates said.”We held in there and got a touchdown,” he said. “We could’ve just given up.”Henning said that he and his teammates will learn from the experience; Hollingsworth trusts that his players will apply the Demons’ on-field performance to aid their own execution.”You can look at this game and you can show your kids: ‘This is what good teams do.’ You never want to lose, but losses can help you learn a lot,” he said.

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