Summer Creek Bulldogs bounce back with big win
The Summer Creek Bulldogs bounced back from their first district loss with a resounding win.
A week after losing 50-0 to Atascocita, the Bulldogs beat the Kingwood Mustangs 34-7 on Friday night at Turner Stadium.
“We made that our business that we wanted to bounce back and make sure that we didn’t continue to go downhill throughout the season,” said senior quarterback and Kansas State commit John Holcombe Jr.
Summer Creek outgained Kingwood 465-150 in that response.
The win over Kingwood clinched Summer Creek’s first playoff berth since 2013.
“I’m really proud of them, not just for tonight, but how committed they were as a group to work their butts off, starting in January,” said coach Brian Ford. “To get themselves prepared to be a playoff team, our coaches and our players got it done,”
Summer Creek opened the game with a 90-yard drive that took over four and a half minutes off the game clock and was capped by a one-yard touchdown run by Holcombe.
“That was huge because we got shut out last week, and they shut us out last year [when Kingwood won 15-0],” Holcombe said. “So it was really big to have a nice positive drive to start the game.”
The Kingwood defense stopped Summer Creek on a fourth and one from the Kingwood two-yard line a couple drives later, but Summer Creek added more points when senior Jacorain Deal jumped in front of a pass by Kingwood quarterback senior Matt Slayton and picked it off and ran it 11 yards into the end zone.
Summer Creek’s other touchdowns came on a 20-yard touchdown pass from Holcombe to senior Deon Cormier late in the second quarter, an 85-yard run by senior Trey Johnson midway through the third quarter, and a 28-yard pass from Holcombe to junior Tyler Via midway through the fourth quarter.
“I just saw green. I just saw open field,” Johnson said of his long touchdown run.
Kingwood’s lone touchdown came on an 11-yard pass from Slayton to junior Carter Amarantos, which capped a 73-yard drive.
“They played lights out. They really shut them down,” Ford said of the Summer Creek defense which forced six punts and allowed just eight first downs.
Holcombe said that the defense playing the way they did took a lot of pressure off him and helped him stay relaxed.
He finished 14/18 for 185 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran for 103 yards and a touchdown.
Johnson finished with 15 carries for 177 yards and a touchdown.
Summer Creek is 4-1 in District 21-6A play and tied with North Shore for second place. Their next game is at Channelview on Friday, and their final game is hosting North Shore the following Thursday.
NFL Hall of Famers Joe Greene and Kenny Houston participated in the coin toss and shook each players’ hand before the game.