It didn’t take long for Summit to prove it was over its tough loss from the week before against a struggling Franklin County squad Thursday night.
The Spartans (7-1, 2-1), who fell in disappointing 24-14 fashion to Region 5-5A leader Page a week ago, pounced on the visiting Rebels (3-4, 0-3) in the first quarter and never looked back, eventually winning 56-21.
Three rushing touchdowns — one each from Ashton Lebel, Keaton Wade and Tre Hunter — in the first quarter pushed Summit to a 21-0 lead at the first break, but the home team was far from done on senior night.
Hunter and Wade added their second rushing scores in the second quarter, sandwiched around the first two TDs for Franklin County that gave the away team a little bit of a fighter’s chance at halftime down 35-14.
The Spartans came out of the halftime intermission and slammed the door on the comeback, scoring their sixth and seventh rushing TDs on the night, this time by Jakalean Cotton and Andrew Pierce. Their eighth came in the fourth quarter, putting the finishing touches on a dominant performance from the ground attack.
In total, Summit racked up 389 of its 465 total yards on the ground, finishing with a team average of 9.5 yards per rush.
Hunter led rushing conglomerate with 129 yards and two scores, while Lebel added 82 yards, Cotton 61 and Brandon King 52, including the team’s last TD.
With their offense doing their thing, the Spartans’ defenders took to work stopping the Rebels.
They forced six turnovers, including five interceptions, and held the visitors to 3-for-11 on third down.
Summit, which is trying to keep pace in the region standings a game back of Page, will hit the road for its final two regular-season contests, both in-region. It’ll travel to Shelbyville (5-1, 1-1) next week before having a bye, then will finish at Lincoln County (2-5, 1-2) Nov. 1.