The Summit football team roared back with 21 straight points in the second half and then scored the final touchdown to defeat Lake Ridge 35-28 last Friday night, keeping the Eagles winless against fellow Mansfield ISD schools.“I think our kids know the kids from other schools, but as far as a program, we don’t emphasize one game over another,” Eagles coach Kirk Thor said. “We really just work one day at a time here. We just want to focus on Lake Ridge football. We’re so focused on one day at a time that we don’t get into the rivalries and all that.”Still, Thor pointted out how different this year’s meeting was compared to last season.“You really wish you could pull out a win, but you kind of have to step back every once in a while and get out of the emotion of it and realize that last year they beat us 64-0. So, our kids have come a long way in a year, from having no chance at all to expecting to go compete, so I’m proud of our kids’ effort. They played hard; they never quit.”Summit scored first when Braden Nolen found Johnson Ubani for a 38-yard touchdown pass. Lake Ridge answered with a Jett Duffey to Duke Carter pass in the second quarter and the teams were even at 7-7 at halftime.The offenses exploded a bit in the third quarter. Duffey tossed a pair of TD passes to put the Eagles up 21-7, but then Summit found its groove.The Jaguars scored three consecutive touchdowns to take a 28-21 lead. Lake Ridge answered, though, when Jalyn Hernandez hauled in a 66-yard pass from Duffey to knot the score at 28-28.Nolen and Ubani hooked up again for a 25-yard score that would be the game winner. Lake Ridge had an opportunity late in the game, driving to the Jaguars’ 12-yard line before turning the ball over on downs.“I think we as a program, as you grow, you need to experience close games like this, and you’ve got to learn how to compete when it comes down to the wire and make plays when you have to,” Thor said. “Summit is a good team and they made some plays when they had to.”It was another tough loss for the Eagles, who fell to 1-5 on the season and 0-3 in District 15-4A competition.“You lose three games by 11 combined points and it makes you realize you’ve got a ways to go, but you also realize your kids are giving good effort and have been competitive and they’ve really competed in every game,” Thor said.“In the game of football, you’re going to laugh and feel great and you’re going to cry and feel horrible, and unfortunately there’s really no in-between,” he added. “I think we’re just going to have to grow up as a young football team.”For Summit, the victory moved them to 2-4 on the season and more importantly to 2-1 in district play. The Jaguars are an overtime loss at Seguin from being undefeated in 15-4A.“We’re in a position that every team wants to be in, where you control your destiny,” Jaguars coach Travis Pride said. “We’re sitting at 2-1 in a pretty tough, competitive district, and I think we have some winnable games ahead of us on our schedule.” One of the most important signs for Summit is that they continue to show improvement each week. Nothing illustrates that more than the play of sophomore quarterback Braden Nolen, who has thrown for over 1,100 yards and nine touchdowns this season with just three interceptions.“He’s growing up and the game is slowing down for him,” Pride said. “He comes to the sideline after every series and whether he did it perfect or not, he’s seeing it. He’s very talented; he’s really a poised young man. He’s growing with the game and he’s going to continue to get better.”The Jaguars defense allowed 542 yards to Lake Ridge but stood tall late in the game to keep the Eagles out of the end zone.“The last two weeks they’ve been bending, but at some point finding an opportunity or a way to keep [the other team] from getting into the end zone,” Pride said. “At the end of the game, stats are stats and the bottom line is you’ve got to find a way to outscore your opponent. I think the defense has done a good job at giving us an opportunity to outscore the opponent.”Pride points out that every game has its learning moments, and for the Jaguars last week’s contest allowed them to show some important traits of a winning club – such as coming from behind and then hanging on to a late lead.“I think our team as a whole will have a little bit of confidence in the fact that it’s never too late if you keep your eye on the prize and keep working, good things can happen,” he said. “I think that can be real helpful for us down the road.”Summit travels to Red Oak this Friday, while Lake Ridge hosts Lancaster.