PHOTO: Wide receiver for the Shelbyville Central Golden Eagles, Cale Swing, gets brought down by the Summit Summit Spartans during Friday night’s game // Photo by Alexander Willis
BY ALEXANDER WILLIS
Starting out strong in what seemed like an evenly-matched game, the Summit Spartans just couldn’t keep up with the Shelbyville Central Golden Eagles, getting clawed in Friday night’s football game with a final score of 35-6.
Summit star running back George Odimegwu started things off strong for the Spartans, running in a 9-yard touchdown for the first score of the game. It wouldn’t be until the second quarter that the Golden Eagles would manage to put some points on the scoreboard, but once it started, it didn’t stop.
The Golden Eagles managed to score three touchdowns in the second quarter alone, including a 27 yard pass to Airius Trice, and a 40 yard-plus run to the 1-yard line by Gary Smith III, followed by a 1-yard rush through the middle.
The Spartans’ offense struggled to move the ball down field, resulting in nearly a dozen stopped drives. Combine that with both a fumble and an interception, and the Spartan’s offense simply couldn’t make any significant ground.
“We’ve got a lot of work to do,” said Summit head coach Brian Coleman. “In order to get in the playoffs and try to make some noise, we got a lot of work to do. Got to heal a little bit [and] get rid of these bumps and bruises.”
The third quarter didn’t do the Spartans any favors either, with the Golden Eagles scoring two more touchdowns; a 24-yard run by Caleb Marsh, and a Airius Trice’s second touchdown of the game with a successful catch.
The final quarter saw both teams fail to make any ground, continually forcing the other team to stall out, with one impressive interception by Kwaylion Brinkley of the Golden Eagles to cap the night for its highlights.
The loss puts the Spartans at 4-4 for the season, with their next game being an away game against Centennial (3-4).