The Summit football team looked impressive in its victory over Mansfield last weekend, and coach Travis Pride said he is optimistic about his team’s prognosis moving forward.
Summit will open the district season with Red Oak this Friday, and Pride said that he is not quite sure what to expect from the Hawks.
“Red Oak has a tremendous coaching staff,” Pride said. “One thing they continually do is that it is never quite the same. You have to expect the unexpected in terms of what they are going to try to play against us. We’re not exactly sure how they are going to line up or what they are going to bring. I think the most important thing for us is making sure that we are prepared and know exactly what we need to do to win the game.”
Summit defeated Mansfield by a score of 44-28 this past weekend, and Pride said that it was a good all around effort from his team.
“I thought that the team did great,” Pride said. “They played hard. They were excited, and it was a great game. I think the coaching staff did a good job of getting the team prepared for the game plan for the week. It was a non-district game, but it was a big game, and it gives us Mansfield bragging rights for a year. We had a good time.”
Summit used a balanced attack, including 252 yards passing and two touchdowns from Braden Nolen and 161 yards on the ground and three touchdowns, complemented by 84 yards and two touchdowns from Derek Johnson. Kicker Josue Munoz kicked three field goals, including a 58-yarder.
Pride said he was pleased with how his team was able to spread it around offensively.
“Through the alignment of their defense, Mansfield kind of wanted to dictate what they wanted to do, and if you don’t have enough weapons, they can really put you in a bind,” Pride said. “The hardest part of my game plan is to get the ball to as many players as I feel I should.
“We’ve got a group of about four or five receivers that are very talented and an extremely talented quarterback, as well as two running backs that are usually pushing 100 yards a game. Half the time, I’m trying to tell a kid, ‘Hey, it’s okay, we’ll get you the ball next time,’ because they all want it.”
Summit will open up district competition with Red Oak at 7:30 p.m. on the road, and Pride said that he believes his team is where it needs to be.
“We feel real comfortably with where the team is,” Pride said on Saturday. “The most exciting thing for us is that we were in here watching video with them today, and we feel like we are executing well, and they still feel there is a lot of room for improvement.
“So that is kind of our challenge to them, and I think the kids have accepted that challenge. We are going to try to get a little bit better each week. We don’t want them to get stagnant. We want them to keep striving and see how good they can get.”