Independence receiver T.J. Sheffield accounted for three touchdowns and 202 yards of offense, as the Eagles won a shootout over Summit, 42-32.
Eagles’ quarterback Nathan Cisco had a tremendous evening, hitting 19 of 22 passes for 342 yards and three touchdowns.
This was expected to be a shootout, and it was. Independence racked up 500 yards of offense, and Summit, 438.
Sheffield caught nine balls for 165 yards. His receiving teammate Isaiah Collier added six catches for 124 yards and a score, and three rushes for 46 yards and another touchdown.
Summit’s star running back, George Odimegwu, had 135 yards of total offense and two touchdowns. Summit had three other players—Nafis Weldon (82 yards), Christian Jolley (65) and Destin Wade (50)—with 50 or more rushing yards.
Trailing by seven, Summit’s Tre Hunter scored on a 12-yard touchdown run, but kicker Liam Akin missed the point-after.
Cisco hit Sheffield with a touchdown pass for the second time—this one, from 17 yards—and kicker Weston Landry’s point-after gave the Eagles a 28-20 lead with 6:37 left in the third.
The Spartans’ Weldon ran 74 yards for a touchdown just 55 seconds later, but running back Odimegwu’s 2-point conversion run failed, and the Independence lead stood at 28-26.
Collier added a 44-yard touchdown run with 2:48 left in the third quarter. The Eagles led 42-26 at that point and never looked back, though Summit’s Odimegwu added a 33-yard touchdown reception with 2:11 left.
Odimegwu broke off a 40-yard touchdown run on the game’s first drive, with Akin’s point-after giving the Spartans a 7-0 lead barely two minutes into the first quarter.
Independence’s Sheffield countered with a 1-yard rushing touchdown, a Landry point-after tying the score with 6:31 left in the quarter.
Quarterback Cisco hit Sheffield with a 22-yard scoring toss with 57 seconds remaining in the quarter, helping the Eagles (1-1) to a 14-7 advantage.
Cisco connected with Collier for a 69-yard touchdown later in the half, with the Eagles going up 21-14 after Summit had answered when Odimegwu tossed a 27-yard scoring strike to John Casey. That cut Independence’s lead to 21-14, which is how it stayed at the break.
Independence travels to Centennial next week, while Summit will host White County.