HENDERSONVILLE – Destin Wade showed why he’s a Mr. Football finalist, Caleb Jolley produced a career night and the Summit High School football team reached the Class 5A state semifinals for a second year in a row rallying past Beech for a 36-29 win Friday.
Wade guided the Spartans on an eight-play, 72-yard drive over the final 3:27 and fired a 9-yard touchdown to Jolley – the senior’s second touchdown reception of the night – with just 27 seconds to play. Wade then hit Graham Schnieder for the two-point conversion and Summit moved in front by a touchdown where they stayed.
“This was a great team win for us and that was a special moment at the end there,” said Wade, just the second Tennessee Titan Mr. Football finalist in the Spartans' 10-year history. “I’m proud of my teammates and proud of my o-line. Everything was clicking late.”
Destin Wade —> Caleb Jolley. Touchdown ... 11 yards and Summit takes the lead. Brady Pierce on the 2-point catch from Wade. Summit leads 36-29 at Beech with 27 seconds to play. Here’s the TD video —> pic.twitter.com/4yPKIPEXuy— Charles Pulliam (@cspulliam) November 21, 2020
Wade finished 13-of-16 passing for 218 yards and four touchdowns and also gained 194 yards with another score on the ground. He eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark in both categories on the night. Jolley hauled in six passes for 118 yards, but none bigger than his diving grab inside the final 30 seconds.
“I just saw myself alone in the the end zone at the end there and the ball was coming fast so I knew I had to take it down and roll with it to get the win,” said Jolley, who also snagged a 45-yard TD reception to open the scoring. “It’s a once in a lifetime thing. It’s the best feeling.”
After Adrian Johnson scored on a 1-yard plunge with 3:22 to play and Tysean Jefferson converted the two-point conversion, Beech moved in front 29-28. The home-standing Buccaneers struck first in the second half for a touchdown lead and overcame a Wade touchdown run at the end of the third and a 23-yard strike from the standout junior to Brandon King with 9:31 remaining to pull back in front on 3rd-and-long.
"We just knew we had to drive back down,” Summit junior lineman Mason Richardson said. “We knew what we had to do. It’s all about our energy and teamwork. That's what we have been working on all year in practice.”
Wade, who was coming off a 242-yard rushing performance in the Spartans 28-14 win over Columbia Central last week, ran a quick spread offense down the stretch, picking the Beech defense apart. He bolted for a 25-yard gain on the first play after a 16-yard return from King to open the drive. He gained nine more yards with another run before hitting King for another nine yards to reach the Beech 20 with 2:23 to play.
“We definitely built a little bit of momentum,” Wade said. “I think we really focused up and just executed.”
“What can I say, sometimes you just have to give No. 1 the football and he makes things happen,” Summit coach Brian Coleman said of Wade. “He’s special. He’s just so special.”
Wade found Konata Werts for an 8-yard gain with 1:44 to play and spiked the ball to stop the clock at 1:07 on the Beech 12. He gained three yards on the next play before hanging in the pocket and rifling a pass to a diving Jolley for the game-winner.
“This team, they just keep fighting you know,” Coleman said. “They persevered through a lot. Our defense did just enough and our spread offense worked well as Destin just made plays.”
Destin Wade —> Brandon King. Touchdown. 24 yards and Summit takes a 28-21 lead at Beech with 9:31 to play: pic.twitter.com/Cu77hAwKwX— Charles Pulliam (@cspulliam) November 21, 2020
Summit out-gained Beech 448-362, but struggled at times to stop Jefferson and the potent Buccaneers running game. Summit also turned it over twice in the red zone as Beech produced a goal-line stand early in the second quarter and Wade fumbled trying to get to the outside on 2nd-and-goal from the Beech 3.
The Summit defense forced a quick three-and-out after the fumble in the third and Wade regrouped to lead the Spartans nine-play, 55-yard scoring drive, capped by his 2-yard TD run. Ryan Crane’s extra point tied the game at 21-21 with 1:48 to play in the third.
Jesse Brimeyer sparked the Summit defense by recovering a fumble on the next Beech drive just before the end of third and King hauled in his 23-yard pass six plays later early in the fourth as Summit took the lead.
“I think we just always fight; we fight to the end of the game no matter what,” Wade said. “I’m so proud of everyone and just give all the glory to God.
“Hopefully we can get back on a roll and make it back to the state championship.”
Summit, which fell in the state title game last year in the school's first championship appearance, will travel to Henry County next week. The Patriots handled Clarksville Northeast 36-7 to reach the semifinals. South-Doyle heads to Oak Ridge in the other semifinal.
“This means a lot for us,” Coleman said. “We’re practicing during Thanksgiving again. We’ll take it.”
Destin Wade runs in this 2-yard touchdown with 1:48 to play in the third ... Summit ties it up at Beech, 21-21 —> pic.twitter.com/MyHfF6jVme— Charles Pulliam (@cspulliam) November 21, 2020
Summit 36, Beech 29, Class 5A Quarterfinals
SHS – 7 7 7 15 – 36
BHS – 7 7 7 8 – 29
1Q 8:17 S – Caleb Jolley 45 pass from Destin Wade (Ryan Crane kick);
1Q 7:59 B – Tysean Jefferson 64 pass from Xaviere Jones (Kevin Figueroa kick);
2Q 2:57 B – Jefferson 19 run (Figueroa kick);
2Q 1:35 S – Brady Pierce 24 pass from Wade (Crane kick);
3Q 9:25 B – Darius Johnson 31 run (Figueroa kick);
3Q 1:48 S – Wade 2 run (Crane kick);
4Q 9:31 S – Brandon King 23 pass from Wade (Crane kick);
4Q 3:22 B – Adrian Johnson 1 run (Tysean Jefferson run);
4Q 0:27 S – Jolley 9 pass from Wade (Crane kick).
Total Offense – 448-362
Number of Plays – 56-49
Penalties/Yards – 5/50-6/45
Fumbles/Lost – 2/1-2/1
Turnovers – 1 1
Time of Possession – 24:41-22:04
First Downs – 23-19
Third Down Conversions/Attempts – 8/10-1/7.
Rushing – SHS 39-230 (Destin Wade 29-194, Brandon King 6-23, John Dippold 4-13 ); BHS 40-264 (Tysean Jefferson 26-162, Adrian Johnson 9-54, Darius Johnson 4-48, Xaviere Jones 1-0).
Passing – SHS 13-17-0-4 for 218 (Destin Wade 13-16-0-4 for 218); BHS 4-9-0-1 for 98 (Xaviere Jones 4-8-0-1 for 98, Gage Stewart 0-1-0-0).
Receiving – SHS 13-218 (Caleb Jolley 6-118, Brandon King 3-42, Brady Pierce 1-24, Konata Werts 2-22, Brady Hendrix 1-12); BHS 4-98 (Tysean Jefferson 1-64, Andrew Paige 1-23, Jackson Long 1-8, Cameron McClanahan 1-3).