SkyHawks

Summit's Joshua Hornsby catches a touchdown pass during a game earlier this season.  Hornsby had another touchdown reception on Oct. 24 in the SkyHawks' victory over Fohi.  (Contributed photo by Mike Myers)

On a very windy night, the defensive units for the Summit and Fontana football teams both played well in their Sunkist League clash.

But the SkyHawks were able to capitalize on some big plays by the special teams for a 20-0 victory on Oct. 24 at the Fontana A.B. Miller field.

With its third shutout of the season, Summit raised its record to 3-1 in league action and 7-2 overall. The SkyHawks' final regular season game will be at Grand Terrace on Nov. 1.

"It was a little frustrating," said Summit coach Nick Matheny. "We had a bunch of penalties on offense and a couple of turnovers tonight. We've got to clean those things up."

Overall, though, he was pleased with how well the SkyHawks have played this season. Their only two losses have come against defending CIF championship teams (San Gorgonio and Kaiser).

"If we can stop making the mistakes that we're making, I think there's some great things ahead for us," he said.

Against Fohi, the SkyHawks scored all of their points in the first half.

After the Steelers were stopped on their first possession, they went into punt formation, but the snap from center sailed into the end zone, and Summit's Tobias Williams recovered it for a touchdown.

A short while later, the Steelers tried to punt again, and this time, Jesse Bradberry of the SkyHawks blocked the kick, giving Summit the football on Fohi's 28-yard line.

Summit proceeded to drive in for a touchdown on a 5-yard run by Darrin Thomas at the start of the second quarter.

Then when Fohi punted again, the kick was returned 20 yards by Bradberry, setting up a 7-yard touchdown pass from Christian McDonald to Joshua Hornsby.

McDonald had a splendid game, completing 10 of 12 passes for 163 yards. Hornsby had 5 catches for 97 yards.

Thomas rushed for 68 yards in 9 carries and Adrion Boyd had 29 yards in 7 carries. Boyd also caught 2 passes for 39 yards.

The depleted Fohi squad turned in a valiant effort, led by Joseph Burciaga, who intercepted a pass.

Summit's defense was aided by linebacker Devean James, who stepped into a leadership position after Matthew Leyva was sidelined by an injury, Matheny said. James is one of the top tacklers in the CIF this season.

"Devean James is something else," Matheny said. "He's only a sophomore, but he's playing some great football. He's everything we were hoping he would be."

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