By DAN GOLDMAN
The Summerville High School football team gave a Jekyll-and-Hyde performance worthy of Broadway on Friday night against Gustine at Thorsted Field in Tuolumne.
After putting together the most disappointing first half of the season in falling behind 17-0 to a less-than-dominant Redskins team, the Bears rebounded nicely in the second half but still came up short in a 17-12 loss.
"I don't know what the difference was," said Summerville coach Darcy Wingo of his team's up-and-down performance. "In the second half, the players just played the way we hoped they would from the beginning.
"If I could bottle that particular part of it and know the reason why ..."
The bottle looked pretty empty for the Bears (0-3) entering the third quarter after handing the Redskins (1-2) a 17-0 lead at halftime.
The Gustine coaching staff apparently learned its lessons well from watching tapes of Summerville's first two games. Just as Escalon's and Ripon's did, the Redskins' halfbacks used a counterplay to eat up chunks of yardage while quarterback Justin Kanawyer fooled the Bears' defense time and again on bootlegs.
As effective as Gustine's offense was in the first half, its defense was even better. The Redskins limited Summerville's offense to just 27 total yards, came up with two interceptions and did not allow a single complete pass.
But as dismal as things looked in the first half, the Bears pulled a 180-degree turn in the second half while nearly pulling off an improbable comeback.
Summerville opened the third quarter with a 14-play drive (the longest of the season) that took them from their own 36-yard line to the Gustine 23. Although the drive stalled when Aaron Minick dropped a fourth-down pass from Kenny Cognetti in the end zone, Marty Scott made sure the Bears would get another chance when he scooped up Jarrett Martin's fumble at the Gustine 23 on the Redskins' first play of the ensuing drive.