Summit takes do-or-die win

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The Summit football team had to get the victory against Lancaster last Friday night to clinch a playoff berth and assure itself an opportunity to play beyond the regular season.

The Jaguars did just that, defeating the Tigers by a score of 29-27 to advance to the postseason where it will take on Nacogdoches in the bi-district round at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at Forney's City Bank Stadium.

Coach Travis Pride said it was a huge win and said he anticipates an interesting game when his team plays the Dragons.

“What I've been able to gather so far is that their offense is almost identical to ours,” Pride said. “They are a spread set, and they throw the ball about 30 to 40 percent of the time and run it about 60 to 70 percent of the time. We're a little more balanced, but our defensive coordinator was talking to me and said it was like 'getting prepared for you guys.'

“That should give our defense a little bit of confidence, but on the flip side of that, their team is going to be in the same position. It should be a good game.”

Pride said the two-point win over Lancaster was a dog fight.

“It was a good game,” Pride said. “We played a little tense for a while, I thought that a window opened there where we would be able to get up on them a little bit. It was a big game where if you win you're in, and if you don't, you are pretty much not.

“It was another nail-biter. They went up by one with about two minutes to go, and we had to go down and kick a field goal with six seconds left to win it.”

Pride said that he has been pleased with the way his team is competing as the playoffs get ready to start.

“I told them this past Saturday that I was really proud of their progress,” Pride said. “I told them that I know it sounds like coach talk, but I really think we've emphasized improvements each week and the kids have really responded – maybe not in every aspect, but as a whole, from Week 1 to Week 10, we have gradually improved in the context of our game.

“That is always a coach’s goal, and I have been very pleased to see that happen. I think we're playing the best football we've played so far, but I still see room for improvement.”

•  Over at Timberview, the Wolves lost a tough one in a defensive battle to Duncanville on Friday by a score of 9-7.

Jaylon Loftis scored on a seven-yard pass from Tevin Muse in the second quarter to put Timberview up 7-0, but Duncanville answered with a score before the break to make it 7-7 at halftime.

Duncanville came up with a safety in the third quarter and held on.

Timberview will square off with Killeen Shoemaker at 7 p.m. on Nov. 16 at Floyd Casey Stadium at Baylor.

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