Summit, riding a 3-game winning streak and coming off a dominant victory over neighboring Governor Livingston, squared up with Warren Hills Saturday at Tatlock. Both teams sit near the top of the Big Central Division 3 standings, setting the stage for a tough battle.
Summit started fast – marching down the field on the strength of a series of runs, culminating in a 6-yard strike from Jake Lowry to put the Hilltoppers up 6-0.
The Blue Streaks answered with a long, run-powered drive of their own – knotting the contest at 6-6 with 4:54 remaining in the first.
After a back-and-forth second quarter during which neither team could build momentum, Warren Hills broke things open with a 30-yard passing strike with just :36 remaining in the half. Tbe Blue Streaks took a 13-6 lead into halftime.
After a scoreless 3rd, Warren Hills used a long catch-and-run to drive deep into Hilltopper territory. They capitalized a few plays later, running it in for an 8-yard score – leading 20-6 with 8:31 remaining.
Summit clawed back on the strength of a 27-yard pass from Charlie Schaffer to Conor St. Amant. Lowry took it the rest of the way, scoring on a 7-yard run to bring the count to 20-13. The Hilltoppers had life!
Summit’s defense stood tall, forcing a punt from Warren Hills on the ensuing drive and giving the offense 3 minutes to operate. Hilltopper hopes after a long pass attempt resulted in an interception.
The Blue Streaks were able to run the clock out, final score: 20-13.
The Hilltoppers take the field next Saturday at 2pm at Weequahic.