By: David Wells
Quarterback Dee Hunter rushed 21 times for 119 yards and a touchdown but also had an abysmal night passing, going 6-for-14 for 36 yards and three interceptions as Summit fell to Centennial Friday night 28-7 at home.
The loss marks Summit’s (1-4, 0-2 District 11-AA) fourth loss in as many weeks since a season-opening road victory at Spring Hill.
Already up 7-0 early in the second quarter, Centennial had a 2nd-and-9 on the Summit 15 when Bailey Wisniowski fumbled the ball on the 1-yard line.
Hunter led the Spartans down the field 99 yards, capping it off with a 40-yard touchdown run that tied the game 7-7.
But on the ensuing kickoff, Wisniowski erased his earlier mistake by scoring a 65-yard return touchdown and giving Centennial a 14-7 lead.
From that point onward, it was all Centennial. While Summit was able to convert two fourth downs—including a 20-yard fake punt run by Philip Shearry—the Spartans were unable to capitalize.
Hunter had an abysmal passing night for Summit, completing just 6 of his 14 passes for 36 yards and three interceptions. On the ground, however, the senior had a lot more success; he carried the ball 25 times for 119 yards and the Spartans’ lone touchdown.
Centennial running back Deon Sanders carried the ball 19 times for 173 yards and a touchdown, while receiver Emmanuel Hall caught four passes for 61 yards and carried the ball twice for 95 yards.
Hall praised the offense for putting together solid plays throughout the night, such as his 84-yard touchdown run that put Centennial up 7-0 early.
“I mean, my team was absolutely executing,” he said. “They came out and blocked hard, and the hole was just open.”
By putting up 413 yards on just 44 plays, the Cougar offense paved the way for Centennial to win its third straight game and remain undefeated in the District as it returns home next week to play Mt. Juliet High School.
Meanwhile, Summit will travel to Stewarts Creek. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.