SPRING HILL – In a matter of 80 seconds, Destin Wade scored twice for the Summit High School football team Friday. And he did so in emphatic fashion.
The Spartans senior made Blackman tacklers miss, slipped safeties and streaked for touchdown runs of 73 yards and 68 yards to open the second quarter. He began the contest with a 43-yard burst down the left sideline past the Blaze bench as Summit started fast in a 55-20 rout in Week 4.
“What can you say, he’s just special,” Spartans coach Brian Coleman said. “Big plays by Destin were key tonight. Anytime he touches the ball, he can go 80, 90 yards. That’s a fun thing to have.”
Wade rushed for 260 yards on 11 carries with four touchdowns on the ground. He also threw for 114 yards, including a 77-yard dart to longtime friend and teammate Brady Pierce to punctuate a 35-point second quarter and give the home team a commanding 42-13 lead at the half.
“Destin, he’s great every night,” said Pierce, who also rushed for a TD in the third quarter. “Especially tonight.”
Pierce has witnessed – and been on the receiving end – of many big plays with Wade since the two have shared the same football team since they were just 6-years-old. That 77-yarder came on the heels of a Blackman touchdown with just 26 seconds left in the first half.
The visitors left too much time for Wade and company.
Wade’s twin brother Keaten joined the offense on the outside and acted as a bit of decoy, but it was all Pierce on the final play of the half.
“I told him, no matter what, even if I was double-teamed,” Pierce said. “He threw a great ball.”
“Oh yeah, he did say that, ‘no matter what,’” Wade added. “Coach let us take one more shot like that and Brady just has that mentality to go up and get it.
“That gave me a lot of confidence and just allowed me to play in rhythm.”
That rhythm was more of what one might find at a track meet early on. After scoring on a 43-yard run to open the game less than 90 seconds in, Wade added his second touchdown run by hitting the gap at left guard and breaking free for 73 yards with 10:31 to play in the frame. After forcing a quick three-and-out, Wade stepped back under center and juked threw the line of scrimmage and earned some running room courtesy of lineman Cooper Koch to float 68 yards to make it 21-0 with 9:11 to play in the second quarter.
Blackman answered on the first of two 1-yard touchdown runs by Jaylyn Pleasant, but the Blaze never could build any momentum. After Pleasant’s run made it 21-7, Blackman forced Summit backward for the first time, but Pierce’s punt was muffed by Ben Marshall inside the 10-yard line. The ball bounced into the end zone and was gobbled up by Summit's Jacob Turner for six more with 4:58 to play in the half.
“I thought our defense did a great job,” Coleman said. “We just tried to limit the big plays and kind of dared them to run the ball by giving them a bit of a light box.”’
Keaten Wade produced two of the five Summit sacks, while sophomore Dominick Hollis added an interception. Hollis also produced some big blocks for Destin Wade and added 24 yards rushing on four touches.
Summit racked up 511 yards of offense with 397 on the ground.
Pierce opened the second half with a 4-yard touchdown run, while Brandon King added a 17-yarder early in the fourth. King tacked on five totes for 57 yards.
Summit improved to 4-0 heading into a Region 7-6A contest at home against Centennial. Friday’s win was the first of five consecutive home games.
“This atmosphere tonight was special,” Pierce said. “When we win, the whole school is just in a better mood. We’ll try to keep that going.”
“I’ve never been able to get comfortable at home like that,” added Destin Wade of the home stand. “We’ll just get back to practice Sunday and get ready and focused for more.”
The Brentwood High School football team cracked into the win column by rallying to score the…
Summit 55, Blackman 20
BHS 0 13 0 7 – 20
SHS 7 35 7 6 – 55
1Q 10:39 S – Destin Wade 43 run (Ryan Crane kick);
2Q 10:31 S – Wade 73 run (Crane kick);
2Q 9:11 S – Wade 68 run (Crane kick);
2Q 7:03 B – Jaylyn Pleasant 1 run (Evan Russell kick good);
2Q 4:58 S – Jacob Turner fumble recovery (Crane kick);
2Q 1:20 S – Wade 30 run (Crane kick);
2Q 0:26 B – Pleasant 1 run (Run failed);
2Q 0:04 S – Brady Pierce 77 pass from Wade (Crane kick);
3Q 8:55 S – Pierce 4 run (Crane kick);
4Q 10:25 S – Brandon King 17 run (Run failed);
4Q 5:29 B – Ben Marshall 13 pass from Peyton Thomas (Russell kick).
Total Offense – 304 511
Total Penalties/Yards – 6-65 3-20
Turnovers – 2 0
Defensive Sacks/Yards – 0 5-18
First Downs – 20 19
Third Down Conversions – 4-10 5-9
Fourth Down Conversions 1-4 0-0
Rushing – BHS 33-108 (Jaylyn Pleasant 19-101, Peyton Thomas 4-9, Justin Brown 1-1, Kayvon Henderson 1-0, Jack Risner 7-(-1), Du’Mikah Dowdy 1(-2)). SHS 35-397 (Destin Wade 11-260, Brandon King 5-57, John Dippold 3-31, Dominick Hollis 4-24, Austin Grooters 6-11, Austin Harvey 1-6, Josh Jenkins 2-5, Brady Pierce 2-4, Team 1-(-1)).
Passing – BHS 14-25-1-1 for 196 (Jack Risner 8-17-0-1 for 99; Peyton Thomas 6-7-1-0 for 97; Du’Mikah Dowdy 0-1-0-0 for 0). SHS 3-5-1-0 for 114 (Destin Wade 3-5-1-0 for 114).
Receiving – BHS 14-196 (Justin Brown 6-97, Ben Marshall 6-50, Jaylyn Pleasant 2-49). SHS 3-114 (Brady Pierce 2-84, Austin Grooters 1-30).