Tigers tame Eagle Valley, 28-12
FARMERS CORNER – Eagle Valley traveled over the pass to Summit County and got a cold reception from the Tigers, falling 28-12.
The Devils contributed to their own undoing with four turnovers.
“We gave Summit a lot of chances tonight. Turnovers hurt us,” said Eagle Valley coach John Ramunno.
Summit opened scoring when Sage Miller punched it in from two yards out for a 7-0 lead, capping a 56-yard drive.
Eagle Valley countered with a touchdown drive of its own. Zeke Sandoval capped the drive with a one yard plunge. The point after failed, though, and Eagle Valley still trailed 7-6.
Summit County took over with 7:06 left in the first half and capped a long, methodical drive with a 20-yard touchdown pass and a 14-6 halftime lead.
Eagle Valley forced Summit three-and-out the Tigers first possession of the second half. The Devils, though, fumbled the punt for the third turnover of the game and Summit made them pay.
After a couple sterling defensive plays by Eagle Valley’s Rick Ramunno and Joey Sanchez, on fourth and 25 Summit came up with a first down. On fourth and three from the Eagle Valley 11, the Tigers concerted again.
A 16-yard pass took the Tigers down to the 1 yard line, and a quarterback sneak put Summit in front 21-6.
Eagle Valley’s Juan Calvo gave the Devils their first turnover when he picked off a Summit pass at midfield.
Quarterback Jordan Hudspeth fired a quick pass over the right side for a first down at the Summit 33. Cole Nielsen’s first carry of the second half was good for six yards, but the Tigers stopped Eagle Valley for a loss on the next two downs and Summit took over on downs.
Summit capitalized again with a 25-yard touchdown pass and a 28-6 lead.
Eagle Valley dug a deep hole and needed 33 yards for a first down, but Nielsen dug them most of the way out with a 27-yard gain to get to fourth and five. A Summit penalty gave the Devils a first down and Sam Boyd came up big with a 37 yard gain.
On first and 10 from the 10 yard line, Ramunno powered for five yards.
On third and 5 from the five, Hudspeth lofted a strike to the corner of the end zone and Boyd grabbed it for the touchdown and a 28-12 score with six minutes remaining.
Eagle Valley forced Summit to punt and on their first play Hudspeth hit Nielsen for 37 yards. On second and goal from the five, Ramunno pounded it down to the three but Eagle Valley would get no closer. Summit held, took over on downs and finished with the 28-12 win.
Nielsen led Eagle Valley with 78 yards rushing. Boyd added 36 and Ramunno powered for 35.
Hudspeth completed seven of 10 passes for 58 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 or firstname.lastname@example.org.