BY ALEXANDER WILLIS/PHOTOS BY STEVE WHEELER
The Summit Spartans defeated the Spring Hill Raiders 12-7 Friday evening in their first football game of the season.
Coined the “Battle for the Hill,” this ends the Raiders’ four-year win streak against the Spartans.
“The boys deserved this win,” said Summit coach Brian Coleman. “They worked hard in the off season, and they fought hard tonight. It was a sloppy game, sloppy weather, but they fought hard and put out a tough win.”
Coleman said he was pleased with his team’s performance, but that they had “way too many penalties,” and that they need to “clean up big-time.”
The Spartans had more than double the amount of rushing yards as the Raiders at 315 compared to 153. Junior running back George Odimegwu of the Spartans had a total of 122 rushing yards, with the Raiders’ senior RB Hadrian Phillips posting up 91.
The Raiders’ had more passing yards than the Spartans, with a total of 57 compared to 44, however, the Spartans completed four out of four pass attempts, with the Raiders only completing three out of ten attempts.
The Spartans started strong, scoring two touchdowns within the first 50 minutes. Sophomore quarterback Ashton Kelley of the Spartans threw to senior wideout Christian Jolley for the first touchdown of the game.
George Odimegwu made the Spartan’s second touchdown with a successful 31-yard run. Both touchdowns were followed by failed extra point kicks.
Just before half-time, Phillips made a successful 65-yard run to the end zone, followed by a successful field goal kick by Raider Carter Hurd, bringing the score to 12 – 7.
Shortly after half-time, heavy rains abruptly started, possibly causing the multiple fumbles in the second and third quarters.
No points were scored in the second half of the game, and during the final seconds, Summit High School students and players rushed onto the field in celebration, chanting “I believe that we just won!”
— Alexander Willis (@ReporterWillis) August 18, 2018
The Spartans’ (1-0) next football game will be an away game next Friday against Independence High School, while the Raiders’ (0-1) next football game will be an away game next week against Columbia Academy.
Below is a slideshow of photos from Steve Wheeler.