Jaguars head to Lancaster with momentum

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The Summit football team picked up an impressive victory over Legacy last weekend, and in so doing kept its playoff hopes alive.

The Jaguars will travel to Lancaster to wrap up the regular season at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, and coach Travis Pride said he knows his team will have its hands full.

“I think we will get their ‘A’ game,” Summit said. “Their coach has done a great job with them, and as everyone knows they were in the state championship game last year, so they're a team that has been there, done that. They lost a couple of extremely talented players that graduated last year.

“But the good programs seem to always find a way to reload. They are fully capable of winning this game, so we are going to have to do a lot more than just get off the bus to win the game,” Pride said.

Summit actually had to come from behind twice in the second half to get the victory over Legacy, and Pride said he was impressed with how his team performed under pressure.

“I thought the kids did great,” Pride said. “We've been in several close games, and I think that in those games one aspect of the game wasn't there, like special teams, or maybe the offense or defense wasn't clicking. On Friday, that was an example of a team really coming together in all facets of the game.

“There were some mistakes made, but it seemed like each group had the other one's back. If the offense was down at points, the defense would step up and would have a huge stop for us. Or if the defense came up with a turnover, the offense would go down and convert it to points. We found a way to win, and everyone contributed.”

Pride said that he believes that the victory against Legacy was a huge shot in the arm for his team coming this late in the season and improve the team's district record to 4-2.

“I think it was real good for us,” Pride said. “The best thing for us is, while I do believe that we have improved weekly, I do still think that we have not played our best game yet. Some teams have already plateaued out, but I think our team still has room for growth and we continue to grow weekly.

“Legacy is very good, had only lost one game and beaten a handful of good teams along the way, so hopefully we can use that to catapult us into this next week and find a way to get out there and perform against Lancaster, we can put ourselves in a good position.”

•  Over at Timberview, the Wolves also clinched a playoff berth with a 12-6 victory against Midlothian on Friday night.

Jaylon Loftis caught an eight-yard pass from Tevin Muse in the first quarter to make it 6-0 Timberview, and after tying it up in the second, Muse connected with Myron Gailliard on an 18-yard pass to make it 12-6 heading into the break.

Neither team scored in the second half of the game.

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