The Spartans (3-1), off to their best start ever, beat the Knights (0-4) 41-17 at Nolensville High School Friday night.
Not long ago– 2011– Summit was the first-year team, going its entire first season winless. Now, the Knights are the new kids, and even though they will still be looking for their first-ever varsity football win next week, they showed plenty of promise for the future.
Summit, much like in its big win two weeks ago over Independence, rode running back George Odimegwu’s galloping ground game all the way to a win. He and Tai Carter scored two times a piece for Summit.
The Knights moved the ball well, looking like a collection of promising parts, but turnovers and penalties plagued them, especially in the first half.
Before hardly anyone could settle in their seats, the Spartans returned the opening kick to midfield then Obimegwu tore off a 50-yard touchdown run to give Summit a 7-0 lead just 15 seconds into the game.
The Knights responded with a nice drive, helped by big runs by Zachary Campbell and quarterback Brandon Wharton ran the offense crisply. But Campbell fumbled on the Spartans 3-yard line.
The Spartans, with a one-two punch of Odimegwu and Carter running the ball, ate up the rest of the first quarter with a long drive. Odimegwu called it with a 9-yard touchdown run with 12 seconds left in the first.
The Knights next drive was beset by penalties, leading a 4th and 20. Summit took over with just over 9 minutes left in the half.
Then Spartan quarterback Nathan Cash got going. He found John Casey for 25 yards then hooked up with Christian Jolley for a 25-yard score, putting Summit up 21-0 with 6:09 left in the half.
The Knights managed to get on the board just before the half, with a NFL-worthy 44-yard field goal by set up by Luke Jenkins.
Summit gained 234 yards (170 rushing, 64 passing) and Nolensville 149 yards (42 rushing, 107 passing) in the first half.
Things cooled off in the third, with Nolensville executing much better. Wharton led a long drive, and on 4th and 7, found Campbell for an 8-yard touchdown. The Summit lead was trimmed to 21-10.
The quarter saw a long Spartan drive, with Carter and Obimegwu alternating runs. Carter took it in from 2-yards out to make it 27-10, after a missed extra point, with 8:34 left in the game.
Campbell, however, answered right away taking the kickoff 95-yards to the house, bringing it back to a two- possession game at 27-17 not even halfway into the fourth.
Carter, and Obimegwu, of course, again, are up yards on the next drive. This time Carter scored, from 13-yards out, putting Summit up 34-17, with 5:55 left.
Summit added another score before the end on a 38-yard Quinn Slaugenhaupt.