Jaguars hit milestone with first win

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The Summit football team picked up its first victory of the season on Friday night against Waxahachie, and the win could not have come at a better time.

The Jaguars will square off with Arlington Seguin at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at Wilemon Field, and coach Travis Pride said he expects a dog fight as usual.

“Every time we play them, it goes down to the wire,” Pride said. “They are one of our greatest rivalries, because our schools are so close to each other. All of our kids know each other, and it is always a battle.

“They have some extremely athletic kids, and there is no doubt in my mind it will come down to which team makes less mistakes than the other.”

Pride said the victory against Waxahachie was big for his team and said he was pleased with the overall effort for his team.

“We are kind of an inexperienced team,” Pride said. “We had hardly any returners on either side of the ball. It is a work in progress, and I feel like we are getting better each week. We put enough good things together on Friday to come out with a win.

“There was an opportunity at one point in the game to come out with a pretty lopsided victory, but with our inexperience and some growing pains, we allowed them to get back in it. Our number one objective is to win a district championship, so we are on pace being 1-0 in district.”

Braden Nolen was 15-29 with 287 yards and two touchdowns in the game for the Jaguars, and Pride said he was pretty impressed with his quarterback's effort.

“He is going to be a really, really special player,” Pride said. “He has all of the intangibles. He's very athletic, he's a smart kid and a really coachable good person as well. He was really off a couple of times in the game, but he made some key plays in crunch time in the fourth quarter.

“He is getting better and better and every rep he takes – whether it is a good or bad rep, it is going to be advantageous, because he learns from the good things he does, but he also learns from the mistakes he makes, so that is really good for us.”

Jordan Hester rushed for 160 yards and a touchdown in the game and the defense came up with three turnovers for the Jags.

Pride said it is reassuring to see his team perform the way it did given the lack of experience, because it bodes well for the team’s future.

“I have really been optimistic about this team from the get-go,” Pride said. “And at some point, you really need to push your kids to reach their potential. Potential is one thing, and it is certainly a good thing, but at some point they have to reach their potential.

“With the bye week this past week, that was one of our big mottoes was to take ownership and responsibility on the field. It was Hester's third game at running back in his career, so that was great. We won the turnover margin, and that was also big.”

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