A bitter end

Moffat County falls to Summit in 26-0 rout


Summit football coach Dylan Hollingsworth had one feeling after Saturday's first round playoff win over the Moffat County Bulldogs.

"It feels great," Hollingsworth said. "I don't know another word to describe it."

The 10-0 Tigers came into Saturday's game unsure of how they would match-up size wise with the Bulldogs, but the 26-0 victory proved that size doesn't matter.

Hollingsworth was pleased with his team's performance and said that it proved they are a strong team.

The Summit Tigers rolled the first half to a 16-0 lead over the Moffat County Bulldogs on Saturday afternoon at Summit High School.

The Tigers were able to amass 134 yards of offense on seven first downs. Splitting time in the air and on the ground. The Bulldogs were held to 15 yards of offense in the half and fumbled the ball once.

What proved to be a costly turnover for the Bulldogs, a fumble by junior J.T. Haddan set the Tigers up in Moffat County territory.

With 31 seconds on the clock in the first quarter, Summit used a six-play scoring drive that overlapped in the second quarter, which resulted into a second touchdown for the Tigers. The 48-yard strike from Talon Roggasch to Braden Shoop was picture perfect with Shoop leaving his Moffat County defender in the dust.

The Bulldogs worked tirelessly to establish field position and sustain a drive but tough tackling by the Tigers prevented any substantial gains.

When the second half kicked off, fans and players alike expected to see a different side of Moffat County, but senior Brice Boling said after the game that his team didn't show up to play today.

Four plays into the third quarter, Moffat County punted the ball away and set the Tigers up on their own 49-yard line. On third and eight, Boling made a deafening hit on Summit wide receiver Ryan Eberhart to try and get the momentum swinging in Moffat County's favor. The play forced Summit to punt.

With the ball in the Bulldogs hands at their own 19-yard line, a 6-yard gain by senior running back Nick Navratil put the Bulldogs in second and four. Two plays later, a costly fumble resulted in a Tiger recovery by Stephen Lassa and a first and 10 at Moffat County's 25-yard line. With 1:02 remaining in the quarter, the Tigers started a drive that didn't gain any ground. The series resulted in one gain that was offset by a 10-yard holding penalty on the Tigers and stuck Hollingsworth in a first and 16 situation. With no option but to pass, the Tigers went airborne and Roggasch threw a deep pass that was snagged by Boling.

"I just tried to fire my team up," Boling said of his playmaking.

When the fourth quarter started the Bulldogs knew they had to lay it all out on the field, if they wanted the victory. However that chance never came because of costly mistakes that led to Tiger points.

A penalty for roughing up the kicker started the fourth quarter and set up Summit on Moffat County's 30-yard line. The end result of the drive was a 28-yard field goal by Shoop and a 19-0 lead.

With no options left for Moffat County, Summit secured the win with a touchdown at 6:03. The quarterback keeper by Roggasch was a nice draw from the 3-yard line and sealed the 26-0 victory.

Summit, now 11-0, will host Englewood, 9-2, Saturday Nov. 18, with time still to be determined.

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