It’s probably taken most of the week for heart rates to simmer down among Summerville football fans. Credit the final five minutes of last week’s game for that.
The team carried a 10-0 lead into the final quarter.
Then things got feisty.
Summerville fumbled the ball, giving the Grizzlies the ball in Bear territory with minutes to go.
“Strangely, I was excited that they had a moment like that,” said head coach Sean Leveroos. “They rose to the challenge and a lot of people could flee from the moment. We had a lot of people fight.”
And what a fight it was.
Mariposa would make it a one-score game with two minutes to go. They regained possession and found the endzone for a 10-9 score.
22 seconds were left on the clock.
The point after? sailed outside the uprights.
The defense gets plenty of credit for the win. They played fast and used a solid week of pre-game prep work to muscle out the victory, said Leveroos.
This year just three players had varsity snap experience, said Leveroos.
“We are young and inexperienced,” he said.
Last week that was tough to notice.
Stepping in at quarterback was sophomore Jaden Brocchini.
“The moment was not too big for him,” Leveroos said.
Another sophomore who stepped up was Joshua Caldera, Leveroos said.
Caldera had nine tackles on the night, including four solo tackles.
Special teams played an important role in the win, too, said Leveroos.
“We stress the importance that all kicks are important,” he said. “The two kicks we attempted were the difference of the game.”
Backup quarterback Christopher St. John made both.
Tonight the Bears host Ripon Christian. Brocchini will get the start at quarterback.
The Knights are 2-0 and have scored 112 points in two blowout wins.
“We expect them to put a lot of pressure on our defense,” said Leveroos.
Ripon Christian’s playbook is known to be thick — a lot of looks on both sides of the ball.
“We expect the same,” said Leveroos.
Varsity action begins at 7 p.m. Friday at Thorsted Field.