The Summerville High School Bears football team are on a winning streak following their two at-home victories at Thorsted Field.
A 48-2 result against Denair High School and a 28-12 victory against Mariposa County High School has indicated a strong, balanced measure of success between their offensive and defensive units, but Coach Sean Leveroos said that the team must be prepared for some new challenges in their upcoming game against Ripon Christian High School Friday night, their first away game of the season.
“Our preparation for road games and home games is identical Monday through Thursday,” Leveroos said, but “the major difference is Friday. On home games we have a routine that we are unable to duplicate due to time spent traveling. I expect our players to travel as well as they did during our road scrimmage contest.”
The Bears’ upcoming three games will all be on Fridays, as well as on the road. Friday’s games against Ripon Christian will be the first opportunity for the team to test their mettle outside of the confines of a field that they practice and play at on a weekly basis.
Ripon Christian is also 2-0 after two away games at Millennium High School and Stone Ridge Christian High School.
Last week’s game against Mariposa County High School was on Thursday, which tends to disrupt a tightly regulated schedule of practice schematics and unit drills leading up to the big match.
“The routine of a normal practice week is significant and playing on Friday gives us the extra day we need.” Leveroos said.
As for each game, the team’s goals will be to make strides in unit efficiency, as well as be on the winning end of turnovers throughout a game, Leveroos said.
In their first game, an errant punt forced a safety against the Bears, but against Mariposa County, the team was able to salvage a 16 point lead with the recovery of a fumble in the fourth quarter.
“Our goals are to improve upon our offensive and defensive efficiency. We always strive to be on the plus side of the turnover battle,” Leveroos said.
Another area of improvement that was highlighted during the previous match-up was the execution of point after attempts. Though Summerville was able to drain a more than 30 yard field goal during the game, two-point conversions were a more difficult proposition than during the previous game against Denair.
With their running game also accruing the majority of their yardage and touchdowns, Leveroos said, “ our team is looking to improve on our pass offense and our point after attempts.”
But it was much to credit of the defense, in both matches, Leveroos said, that the team has been so successful.
The defensive line will play a primary role in mitigating Ripon Christian’s opportunities to gain yardage and points he said, while the offensive line will also, crucially, protect the quarterback and running back so clear lanes can be developed for big-yardage plays.
The Summerville High School Bears play against Ripon Christian Knights at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at Ripon Christian.