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Jaguars look to protect perfection

Summit’s Derek Johnson, left, had 283 yards rushing against Legacy before their bye week.
Summit’s Derek Johnson, left, had 283 yards rushing against Legacy before their bye week. Star-Telegram

The Summit football team improved to 5-0 on the season with its victory over Legacy in the second game of district, and head coach Travis Pride said that his team is pretty much where it needs to be at the halfway point of the season.

The Jaguars will square off with Waxahachie at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 9 in Waxahachie, and Pride said he expects for it to be a good game.

“With Waxahachie, their coach does a great job down there,” Pride said. “He’s got his kids playing hard and they score a lot of points. There is a lot of energy down there, and I think they are doing things the right way, so we’re certainly going to have to have all of our efforts in the right place and a lot of focus to try to win another district game, especially at their place. It will be a big and important game for us.”

Summit defeated Legacy 55-27 in its last game before the bye week, and Pride said he was impressed with the effort his team gave.

“The Legacy game was good,” Pride said. “They are big rivals, so it was tight through the first quarter. Then we got into a rhythm and started playing well and kind of turned the tide a little bit. I’m proud of the kids. I thought the defense had a great effort. They are capable of scoring a lot of points, so we did a good job there. The offense was moving the ball real well, so we’re feeling good about the win. Any time that you can win a game in this district, that’s good.”

Pride said that the bye week this past weekend was going to be used for a couple of purposes.

“We’re just going to get the boys freshened up a little bit,” Pride said. “We’re going to try to deal with a few aches and pains, and we’re going to work on the Waxahachie game plan, and work on ourselves and what we need to improve on, and do what we need to do to be a better football team.”

With an undefeated record through five games, including a 2-0 mark in district competition, Pride said he could not ask much more from his players at this point in the season.

“I’m pleased where we are at the half way point,” Pride said. “We are 5-0, and it is tough to win games in the state of Texas, and certainly in our district, so we’re pleased with that. We still feel like there is room for improvement, but to be 5-0 and still feel like we have room to grow is a good point to be at. The kids have been responsive and working hard and our coaches have been doing a good job, so we’re in good shape right now. We get more serious as we go, because things get bigger each week.”