SPRING HILL — It looked for much of the first half like Class 6A No. 4-ranked Summit High School football team was in for a fight against visiting Beech Friday, but the Spartans’ Mr. Football contender called it off early.
The Buccaneers tied the score at seven in the last minute of the first quarter, but it was all Summit from there as the Spartans improved to 6-0. Destin Wade scored five total touchdowns, and Summit cruised to a 39-7 victory.
Wade got to business right away, hitting Brady Pierce for a 27-yard touchdown just two minutes into the ballgame to put his team up 7-0. It wasn't the last time the two would sync up for a TD.
Beech responded with a score with 25 seconds left in the opening frame, and it held the tie all the way until Wade and Pierce connected for their second score, this time from 52 yards, with 1:21 left in the half.
The Spartans got the ball right back thanks to a John Dippold interception on the ensuing Buccaneer drive and gave Wade just enough time. He found his twin brother, Keaten, as time expired in the second quarter for a 28-yard touchdown to flip the 7-7 tie into a 19-7 lead in just over a minute of game time (Summit missed both PATs).
Wade and the Spartans put the finishing touches on the win in the second half.
The senior signal caller added a 61-yard rushing score to his ledger in the third quarter before his brother scored for a second time on a 4-yard run. Then, in the fourth, Wade hit Pierce for the duo’s third TD connection, going for 29 yards.
Wade finished with four passing touchdowns and one rushing on the night. He had 155 yards on 6-of-10 passing with one interception and added 116 yards on 12 rushes. Keaten Wade had one catch, the 28-yard touchdown, and two rushes for eight yards and another score, and Pierce had three catches, all TDs, for 108 yards.
The Spartans also did a good job of holding Beech’s offense down for the most part. The Buccaneers (3-2) only averaged 3.6 yards per play and had 52 total passing yards.
Summit, last year’s Class 5A state champion, will try to keep its perfect record intact in a big-time Region 7-6A showdown next week with Ravenwood at home. The Raptors have won five in a row after losing in Week 1 at Montgomery Bell Academy, and both teams are 2-0 in the region.
FRANKLIN — First-year Franklin head coach Alex Melton got to celebrate his first homecoming at FHS with his first win Friday.
Summit 39, Beech 7
BHS 7 0 0 0 – 7
SHS 7 12 13 7 – 39
1Q 10:04 S – Brady Pierce 27 pass from Destin Wade (Ryan Crane kick);
1Q 0:25 B – Bronco Hanks 3 run (Nick Krall kick);
2Q 1:21 S – Pierce 52 pass from Destin Wade (Kick failed);
2Q 0:00 S – Keaten Wade 28 pass from Destin Wade (Kick failed);
3Q 7:24 S – Destin Wade 61 run (Run failed);
3Q 3:44 S – Keaten Wade 4 run (Crane kick);
4Q 9:40 S – Pierce 29 pass from Destin Wade (Crane kick).