Ground game takes Summit to second in region

Ground game takes Summit to second in region

The Summit Spartans got out to an early lead and ran away with a win at home Friday against Lincoln County.

The Spartans (6-2, 4-1) scored three touchdowns in the first quarter and never looked back, beating the Falcons (3-5, 1-4) 37-7 and taking over sole possession of second place in Region 5-5A.

Summit’s success against Lincoln County was pretty easy to understand. The Spartans ran the ball effectively and played very stout defense.

Summit ran for 427 yards on 48 attempts, compared to just 25 yards passing on four attempts.

Four players led the way for the Spartans on the ground. Tyler Palmer finished with 119 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries; Dalton Fisher had eight carries for 109 yards and one touchdown; Tai Carter had 93 yards and a score; and Christian Snyder had 72 yards and one TD.

Lincoln County gained 147 total yards (28 rushing, 119 passing) and threw three interceptions.

The win puts Summit in the driver’s seat for a second-place finish in the region, which would be the Spartans’ highest finish in school history.

They have two games on the road to finish the season against Stewarts Creek and Columbia, who sit tied for third and last in the region, respectively.

They’re all chasing defending state champion Independence, which is undefeated at 5-0 in the region.

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