SPRING HILL – Destin Wade scored six touchdowns and the Summit High School football team continued to surge early en route to Region 7-6A-clinching victory over Independence in the annual – and now more meaningful – Border Battle.
The Spartans used a three-touchdown second quarter to pull away and grab a 48-28 win against their neighborhood rivals in the first region meeting between the pair as Summit stayed unbeaten, improving to 8-0 overall and 4-0 in league play.
“It was a great game and the whole community showed out,” Wade said. “I’m just proud of our team for getting the win.”
Wade was once again the catalyst offensively, rushing for four touchdowns and throwing for two more. He completed 10-of-14 passes for a season-high 183 yards with TDs to Tanner Shake and Brandon King and has rushed for more than 100 yards in every game this season. He racked up 139 yards on 16 carries Friday.
“What can you say, he’s pretty special,” Summit coach Brian Coleman said. “He does it all and controls our offense.”
Independence Scott Blade said Wade is truly a player who can “take over a game by himself.”
“He’s the best pure athlete in the state and he’s done this to everybody,” he said. “We just didn’t match up well with him tonight, but nobody has all year.
“It’s not just him because their offensive line has improved into really a solid unit … They are all tough to stop.”
Wade capped Summit’s opening drive with a 3-yard run to open the scoring before Independence responded with it’s own scoring drive. Eagles quarterback Joseph Cummings connected with River Katina for the first of two touchdowns on the night just before the close of the first frame on a 5-yard strike.
That’s when Summit began to do Summit things, which includes igniting offensively in the second quarter. The Spartans scored the next four touchdowns with three in the second frame to continue the dominant trend.
Summit has outscored opponents 177-67 in the first half this season, including a whopping 130-27 in just the second quarter. The Spartans have scored multiple touchdowns in the frame in five straight games to head into halftime riding waves of momentum. Last week, they used two touchdowns in the final 3 1/2 minutes of the first half to take control in another crucial region win against Ravenwood.
Coleman said his team has witnessed just about every defensive scheme to try and slow Wade, who has 29 touchdowns in seven games.
“I think we kind of figure out those defenses by the second quarter and we start calling the plays accordingly,” he said.
After Wade found Shake for a 12-yard strike early in the second frame, the senior QB scored on a 17-yard run with 2:16 left in the half. John Dippold gave the home team another possession late in the half by intercepting a Cummings’ pass with 1:11 to play and Summit scored two plays later on a 5-yard run by Wade with just 44 seconds remaining to stake a 27-7 lead.
“We needed to be flawless on our drives there, but we made a few mistakes,” Blade said. “You really have to make those plays offensively because it puts a ton of pressure on you otherwise. They got the best of us tonight.
The Eagles (3-5, 2-2) marched 52 yards on a nine-play drive early in the second quarter, but stalled at the Summit 11-yard line before missing a 28-yard field goal.
Wade guided the Spartans offense the other way rushing five times for 33 yards and completing a 15-yard pass to Brady Pierce and a 9-yarder to Brandon King along the way before running in his 17-yard touchdown for a 20-7 lead.
In the second half, Summit stopped Independence on 4th-and-2 at the Eagles 46 to take over early. Dominick Hollis scored on a 2-yard run five plays later for the home team for a 34-7 advantage.
Indy responded with a 34-yard touchdown pass from Cummings to Katina, but Wade sparked a quick response by hitting Pierce for a 56-yard gain and finding King for an 11-yard touchdown two plays later to give the Spartans a 41-14 cushion.
“I think we wrapped up our five-game home stand on a good note tonight,” Coleman said. “I think our defense did a good job of really limiting big plays overall. I mean they got a couple there in the end because we got a little laxed, but overall, we played pretty well.”
The Eagles scored twice late in the fourth on a Tre Hartwell 7-yard run and a 14-yard touchdown pass from Cummings to Jack Rummell.
Cummings closed 19-of-33 for 232 yards with the three TDs and one interception. Hartwell pounded out 113 yards on the ground on 25 carries, while Rummell continued to shine on the outside, collecting eight catches for 122 yards. The senior wideout has broke the 100-yard receiving mark in six of eight games and has 11 receiving touchdowns on the year.
Hollis gained 70 yards on 13 touches for the home team.
Both teams are idle next week. Summit wraps up the regular season with trips to Shelbyville Central and Franklin, while Indy hosts Page and has a big region matchup at Ravenwood on Oct. 29.
“We’re just going to keep on doing what we’re doing and just making adjustments as we go,” Wade said.
FRANKLIN –Senior Scott Collins scored four touchdowns on just 13 carries and fellow seniors …
Summit 48, Independence 28
IHS 7 0 7 14 – 28
SHS 7 20 14 7 – 48
1Q 4:33 S – Destin Wade 3 run (Ryan Crane kick);
1Q 0:03 I – River Katina 5 pass from Joseph Cummings (Sam Henke kick);
2Q 9:23 S – Tanner Shake 12 pass from D. Wade (Crane kick);
2Q 2:16 S – D. Wade 17 run (Kick failed);
2Q 0:44 S – D. Wade 5 run (Travis Arrington kick);
3Q 6:58 S – Dominick Hollis 2 run (Arrington kick);
3Q 3:49 I – River Katina 34 pass from Cummings (Henke kick);
3Q 1:25 S – Brandon King 11 pass from D. Wade (Arrington kick);
4Q 7:12 S – D. Wade 11 run (Arrington kick);
4Q 3:03 I – Tre Hartwell 7 run (Henke kick);
4Q 1:55 I – Jack Rummell 14 pass from Cummings (Henke kick).
Team Statistics (IHS-SHS)
Total Offense – 353 464
Number of Plays – 60 59
Penalties-Yards – 3-30 2-20
Turnovers – 2 1
Time of Possession – 20:29 26:37
First Downs 21 28
Third Down Conversions – 5-10 9-10
Fourth Down Conversions 3-4 1-1
IHS – 27-121 (Tre Hartwell 25-113, Joseph Cummings 1-4, Jack Rummell 1-4). SHS – 44-281 (Destin Wade 16-139, Dominick Hollis 13-70, Brady Pierce 4-33, Austin Grooters 5-20, Luke McNeilly 1-9, Keaten Wade 3-8, Brandon King 2-2).
IHS – Joseph Cummings 19-33-1-3 for 232. SHS – Destin Wade 10-14-0-2 for 183.
IHS – 19-232 (Jack Rummell 8-122, River Katina 6-61, Ty Lockwood 3-38, Tre Hartwell 1-7, Hudson Cobb 1-4). SHS – 10-183 (Brady Pierce 3-79, Austin Harvey 1-33, Tanner Shake 2-32, Brandon King 3-27, Graham Schnieder 1-12).