Summit started fast at Franklin in Week 4 before digging in defensively in the second half to continue the program’s best start and improve to 4-0 overall.
The Spartans topped Franklin 28-14 Friday in just the third meeting between the two Williamson County teams and first since 2014.
“This is definitely a huge win for our program,” Spartans coach Brian Coleman said. “You know, we have played them a couple times and scrimmaged them in years past and that usually ended with them whipping our tails, so this is big for us as a program.”
Summit sophomore quarterback Destin Wade accounted for two touchdowns – a 43-yard run in the first quarter and a 33-yard TD pass to Zac Switzer in the fourth to lead Summit. He finished with 103 yards in the air and 127 more on the ground.
The Spartans out-gained their hosts 337-203 and forced four turnovers.
“That’s a good football team right there. I mean, they beat our butt and I put that on me,” Franklin coach Donnie Webb said. “We knew they were going to cause us some problems … the real disappointing part was in the second half we couldn’t block them.
“I put that on me, but we have to get better.”
Summit’s Jaylen Herrud gave Summit the lead for good with 2:25 to play in the third quarter when he snagged an interception and returned it 16 yards to break a 14-14 tie. Wade guided a six-play scoring drive early in the fourth capped by the 33-yard catch-and-run by Switzer to make it a two-score lead with 8:53 to play.
Franklin’s next drive opened with a Keaten Wade sack as the Spartan defense held steady the rest of the way. Herrud, Caleb Jolley, Kiston Arnold and Hayden Bell also recorded quarterback sacks in the contest.
“The defense really played great all night, but we knew Franklin was going to fight for everything,” Coleman said. “Our coaching point (in the second half) was don’t exhale. I mean, we went up 14-0 in the first quarter and they kept battling and came right back so we knew we just had to tackle hard and stay tough because they can score at anytime.”
After Destin Wade’s opening touchdown run, Jolley came away with an interception to set up a George Odimegwu 13-yard scoring run with 5:13 to play in the first. Odimegwu had seven carries for 63 yards and caught three balls for 33 yards.
Franklin got on the board to open the second frame when DJ Durham rumbled in from six yards out.
The Rebels tied the game with 1:20 to play in the first half when Carson Repass pounced on a Guy Lipscomb fumble in the end zone for the score.
Lipscomb paced Franklin’s offense with 98 yards passing and 50 yards rushing, but had three interceptions.
The Rebels, who dropped a third consecutive game after opening the season with a 34-15 win at Siegel, head into a Region 6-6A road game at surging Independence in Week 5. The Eagles rolled past Blackman 49-7 Friday in Indy’s second game in a row scoring 45 or more.
Summit travels to winless Overton (0-4) next. The Spartans Region 5-5A foe Columbia Central, which fell at Summit in Week 3 34-14, topped the Bobcats 48-25 on Friday.
“We’ll just try to keep things rolling for us,” Coleman said. “It was a good win tonight.”
Summit 28, Franklin 14
Friday, Sept. 13, 2019 at Franklin High School
SHS – 14 0 7 7 – 28
FHS – 0 14 0 0 – 14
1Q 7:56 S – Destin Wade 43 run (Elijah Mooney kick);
1Q 5:13 S – George Odimegwu 13 run (Mooney kick);
2Q 11:12 F – DJ Durham 6 run (Ian Burr kick);
2Q 1:11 F – Carson Repass fumble recovery (Burr kick);
3Q 2:25 S – Jaylen Herrud 16 interception return (Mooney kick);
4Q 8:53 S – Zac Switzer 33 pass from D. Wade (Mooney kick).
First Downs – 21 13
Total Offense – 337 203
Rushes-Yards – 37-234 36-107
Passing Yards – 103 98
Comps-Atts-Ints – 7-14-2 7-15-3
Penalties-Yards – 6-45 9-85
Fumbles-Lost – 0-0 4-1
Defensive Sacks-Yards – 5-19 0-0
Third Down Conversions/Attempts – 6-12 3-11
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts – 0-2 0-2
Summit – D. Wade 7-14-1-2 for 103; Franklin – Guy Lipscomb 7-15-0-3 for 98.
Summit – D. Wade 13-127, Odimegwu 7-63, Keaten Wade 9-25, Tre Hunter 4-13, Ashton Lebel 1-3, John Casey 1-3, Andrew Pierce 1-1, Jakalean Cotton 1-(-1); Franklin – Lipscomb 21-50, Grayson Bruce 11-27, Christian Hendricks 2-22, Durham 2-8.
Summit – Odimegwu 3-33, Switzer 1-33, K. Wade 2-27, Grayson Hill 1-10; Franklin – Hendricks 3-47, Christian Clementi 2-28, Joshua Nichols 2-23.