MANSFIELD — The young Mansfield Tigers might still be in the process of figuring out what kind of team they have, but there’s one thing they do know: the Tigers still have Summit’s number.
The Tigers (1-2) earned their first win of the season with a 42-23 defeat of the Mansfield Summit Jaguars at Vernon Newsom Stadium, extending their win streak over Summit (0-3) to four games dating to 2009.
Running back Julius Lewis found space around the edge to explode for touchdown runs of 44 yards and 62 yards to pace the Tigers’ offensive attack.
Lewis finished with 238 yards and three touchdowns.
It wasn’t pretty, especially in the early going. Dropped passes and false start penalties plagued Mansfield in the first quarter, but a 16-play, 75-yard touchdown drive to begin the second quarter got it back on track.
Summit responded to the long drive by putting together one of its own behind the arm of sophomore quarterback Braden Nolen, who went 5-for-5 for 72 yards and a touchdown toss to keep the Jaguars in striking position until the Tigers pulled away late.
Nolen completed 18 of 26 for 249 yards and two touchdowns.
Summit opened the second half by recovering a Mansfield fumble and driving to the Tigers 1-yard line, but an illegal shift penalty forced the Jaguars to settle for a Ryan Rodriguez field goal.
Mansfield quarterback Caleb Evans couldn’t catch a break as his passes were dropped multiple times early, but his 43-yard fourth quarter connection with Braylon Royal was a well-placed floater that dropped right into the streaking receiver’s hands.
The late score helped Mansfield put Summit away for good.
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