Summit rushes past Aspen
Behind 262 yards rushing from seven different backs and a pair of touchdowns from quarterback Jimmy Stein to end Mike Holloway, the Summit High School football team routed Aspen 28-7 Friday night in Frisco.Summit improved to 2-1 overall. Aspen dropped to 1-1.”I’m thrilled,” said third-year SHS coach Rob Royer, whose team finished 1-9 last year. “But the first thing I told the team is, we’re not satisfied with two wins.”Summit opened the scoring with a 78-yard march punctuated by senior tailback Brandon Ives’ 29-yard touchdown scamper 8:41 into the first period. After breaking through the right side of the line, Ives outran the Skiers secondary to reach pay dirt for the first time this season.
Aspen countered with a nine-play, 69-yard scoring march of its own, and monstrous fullback Jacob Welsh did much of the damage. The 6-foot-4, 205-pound Welsh carried six times for 41 yards, and bulled into the end zone from 10 yards out. Then he kicked the extra point to give his team the lead 7-6 as SHS went for two and failed.Not wishing to be upstaged in front of their home crowd, the Tigers took just two plays to strike back. After sidestepping the rush, Stein found senior classmate Holloway wide open behind the secondary for his first career touchdown pass.”I knew if I just stood in there, he’d be open,” Stein said.The duo connected again three minutes into the second half when Stein, rolling to his right and nearing the sideline, hit his tight end at the last second for a 7-yard TD on 4th and 3.Stein, who came out in the fourth quarter with a bruised wrist, completed five passes for 100 yards in what was his best game of the season.
Much to Summit’s delight, Aspen stopped giving the ball to Welsh as the second half wore on, despite his early success. Welsh finished with 125 yards.”He was running the football well, but he – like a lot of our guys – got tired in the second half,” Aspen coach Tom Goode said. “But time of possession in the third quarter was probably nine minutes for them and three minutes for us, and it’s tough to get your offense going under those circumstances.”Instead the Skiers went to the air to try to get back in it. But Summit safety Sean Star picked off two second-half passes and Summit continued to control the ball on the ground offensively, keeping the clock moving and never allowing Aspen another chance.”All in all, I’m pleased with how we played against a bigger school,” said Aspen’s Goode. “If we could just play four quarters of football, we’ve got ourselves a team.”
Summit junior Cameron Chapman put the icing on the cake for the Tigers with a 10-yard scoring sprint up the gut midway through the fourth quarter. Then he plunged in for the 2-point conversion to make it 28-7.The matchup between Summit and Aspen was the first meeting between the two skiing powers in recent years.”We came out not knowing what to expect,” said Ives, who finished with a game-high 73 yards on 12 carries. “It’s just really cool that we stepped it up. The [offensive] line was doing a heck of a job all game.”Added Goode: “We are going to be contenders in every game. I don’t know what the result will be, but I’ll tell you what, we’re not going to get our asses blown out. We just need good team efforts every game and we’ll be in it.”Aspen hosts Gunnison Saturday at 1 p.m. in its home opener.
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