The old saying “Defense wins games” is ringing particularly true at Summit High School.
Thanks to a superb defensive effort, the SkyHawks were able to stop the Jurupa Hills Spartans, 14-6, in a tough duel between two strong local football teams on Oct. 8.
Summit raised its record to 5-2 by logging its third straight victory, while the Jurupa Hills team saw its record dip to 5-2.
The first quarter of the game was played entirely in the Spartans’ end of the field. The SkyHawks threatened to score but were stopped because of an interception by Jordan Napier of Jurupa Hills.
In the second period, Summit pinned the Spartans deep in their own territory thanks to a sack by Tavake Tuikolovatu.
After a punt, Summit took over on the Jurupa Hills 44-yard line, and on the first play, De’Marri Owens blasted through the middle and went in for a touchdown. Javier Chavez kicked the PAT, giving Summit a 7-0 lead.
The score stayed that way until early in the fourth quarter, when Aaron Muniz of Jurupa Hills intercepted a Summit pass to give his squad great field position.
The Spartans drove in for a touchdown on a 5-yard run around the left side by quarterback Marquis Roby, pulling within 7-6. However, the extra point kick was no good, and so the SkyHawks held on to a slim lead.
Right after that, Summit’s offense came right back with its best drive of the night. The running of Sitani Mikaele accounted for big gains for the SkyHawks during the march, and his 8-yard touchdown provided the final TD with 2:25 remaining.
Owens finished with 136 rushing yards in 14 carries, while Mikaele accumulated 101 yards in 17 tries. Devean James had 18 yards in 4 carries.
The SkyHawks, who are scheduled to travel to Grand Terrace on Friday, Oct. 15, have been very impressive defensively against their last three opponents. They shut out local rival Kaiser, 47-0, on Oct. 1 and throttled Murrieta Mesa, 45-7, the week before.
Against Jurupa Hills, Kennazehe Purifoy of Summit intercepted a pass and returned it 25 yards, and Adrian Rodriguez recovered a fumble.
Alaska Taufa had 3 sacks and Oscar Molina had 2 sacks. James made 8 solo tackles and 5 assisted tackles, and Molina had 7 tackles and 8 assists. Carlos Umana had 3 tackles and 6 assists, Taufa had 4 tackles and 1 assist, Mikaele had 3 tackles and 3 assists, Soanne Fakava had 4 tackles, and Maika Finau had 2 tackles and 4 assists.
For Jurupa Hills defensively, Johnny Ramirez made 8 tackles and 4 assists, Napier had 6 tackles, Muniz had 4 tackles and 1 assist, and Darius Aubrey, Anthony Ephraim, and Fernando Flores all had 3 tackles and 1 assist.
Jurupa Hills was scheduled to play at home against Carter on Thursday, Oct. 14.