Summit coach Brian Coleman said last week he was counting on his defense to carry the Spartans until the offense figured things out. That’s exactly what it did in a 12-7 home win over Spring Hill on Friday night.
The Raiders gained just 210 yards on 35 snaps against the stingy Summit defense, which recovered two fumbles and picked off a pass.
Running backs George Odimegwu and Christian Jolley scored touchdowns for the Summit (1-0). Odimegwu ran 14 times for 122 yards, and the Spartans had 359 yards of offense.
Spring Hill’s Hadrian Phillips led the team with 91 yards on just five carries, and had the Raiders’ only touchdown.
Running out of its wing-T offense, the Spartans attempted just four passes, with quarterback Ashton Kelly hitting all of them for 44 yards and a touchdown.
Summit led 12-7 at half, missing its point-after attempts both times. One touchdown came on Kelley’s 8-yard scoring strike to Jolley, the other, on Odimegwu’s 31-yard scoring run.
A 65-yard gallop by Spring Hill’s Phillips with 5:06 left before half cut the lead to five after kicker Carter Hurd hit the point-after.
The Spartans avenged last year’s 21-20 season-opening defeat.
Summit’s first road game comes at Independence next week. Spring Hill travels to Columbia Academy, the second of three road contests to start the season for the Raiders.