By Donovan Stewart:
City– Spring Hill
Last Year’s Record– 7-4
Head Coach– Brian Coleman (19-24 overall, 11-20 in three years at Summit)
Offensive Coordinator– Brian Coleman
Defensive Coordinator– Alex Melton
Assistant Coaches– Kirk Taylor (LB), Brian Burnham (DL), Jake Burkett (DB/WR), Nick Michaels (RB), Jack Dinwiddie (OL), Mark Matykiewicz (OL)
Offense– Wing T
Returning Starters on Offense and Defense– 9 (4 Off/5 Def)
Last Playoff Appearance– 2016
Key Returnees– Tai Carter (RB/DB, Sr.) Robert Holmes (LB Sr.), Kody Davis (OL, Sr.), Trevor Kuehl (OL, Sr.), Mason Leatherwood (OL, Sr.), Ethan Cash (QB, Soph.), Jatevion Hayes (WR, Sr.), Nick Johnson (LB/TE, Sr.), Braden Stem (DL, Jr.), Chance Jarosz (DL, Sr.)
Key Losses– Christian Snyder (WB/OLB), Tommy Smith (DE), Jake Geasley (RB/OLB) Tyler Palmer (RB/DB), Jeremy Moody (OL/DL), Dalton Fisher (RB/DB), Seth Knott (DL), Michael Zakrewski (QB)
Three years ago when Brian Coleman was hired as the second head football coach at Summit, he had a plan for the program.
The Spartans suffered through a winless season in Coleman’s first year in 2014 but improved by four games in 2015. Then the breakthrough year came last season. Summit had their first winning season as they went 7-4 on the year and made the playoffs for the first time in school history as they made the Class 5A playoffs in 2016.
Nine starters return (4 on offense, 5 on defense) as the Spartans will try to gain back-to-back 5A playoff appearances.
Leading rusher Tai Carter will again spearhead the Spartan wing-T offense after rushing for 1,358 yards and scored 14 touchdowns for Summit. He will also start at cornerback for the Spartans.
Summit will return three senior starters back to the offensive line in Kody Davis, Trevor Kuehl and Mason Leatherwood.
Fellow senior tight end Nick Johnson and Jatevion Hayes will be the top targets in the passing game for new sophomore quarterback Ethan Cash.
Five starters return on the defensive side including two on the defensive line in junior Brayden Stem and senior Chance Jarosz.
Robert Holmes and Nick Johnson will be the leaders at linebackers after both had good junior years.
Summit will open the season on the road against rival Spring Hill on August 18 and then will host Williamson County Schools in Independence and Centennial.
Summit Since 2011:
15-46 overall record, one playoff appearance
By The Numbers:
2011- Inaugural school year at Summit
Summit In the Playoffs:
Total Number of Playoff Appearances- 1
Playoff Record- 0-1
Deepest Playoff Run- Made 5A first round in 2016
Coach Coleman’s Thoughts:
“We are just trying to get better and build as a program from year to year.”
August 18- at Spring Hill
August 25- Independence
*September 1- at White County
September 8- at Nolensville
*September 15- at Columbia
*September 22- Page
*September 29- at Franklin County
*October 6- at Shelbyville
October 13- OPEN
October 20- Centennial
*October 27- Lincoln County
*Denotes Region Game