By EMILY R. WEST
Breaking school records is becoming a trend for the Summit Spartans this season.
With Thursday’s 31-0 home win over Region 5-5A foe Franklin County, the Spartans set a new school record for wins in a season with five.
“We are going to try to keep breaking that record,” SHS head coach Brian Coleman said. “So, we don’t even really want to talk about it until the end of the season. Then we will talk about how well we have done if we have broken anymore. We don’t want to ponder over the records every week. We are just trying to win, and get into the playoffs and be successful.”
The victory sets the Spartans one game behind league leader Independence (4-0).
The Spartans took control of the game from the start, immediately marching down the field and running up points on the board. The second quarter is where the team found its most rhythm, ending the first half up 17-0.
Summit primarily took ahold of the Rebels through its ground game with running backs Tai Carter and Dalton Fisher.
Carter rushed for 215 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries, while Fisher had 11 carries for 109 yards and a score.
Sophomore Payton Craig also made a statement, bolting out of the backfield to score a 64-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter.
Altogether, the Spartans racked up 468 yards on the ground.
But when looking at the pass game, Summit earned only 30 yards through the air. Coleman said heading into the tougher part of the season, the team will have to better this aspect of the offense.
“There are region games left, so they are all very important right now,” he said. “We need to throw the ball better. We are going to face some good teams, and we are going to have to throw the ball. We can’t run the ball all the time like we have the past couple of weeks. We tried [to throw] tonight and we weren’t successful. So we are going to have to throw the ball to beat the good teams to get into the playoffs.”
Summit will host Lincoln County at home next Friday night.