The Summerville High School varsity football team built on the grit and determination they displayed in their first game against Mariposa County to pick up their first win of the 2019 season on the road Friday night at Galt High School.
Despite losing the lead twice to the Galt Warriors, who came into the game 1-0, the Bears battled back to earn the 24-21 victory.
“That’s what you call not quitting boys!” Summerville senior Nick Veach yelled to his team as he got to the end zone huddle after the game ended.
The Warriors went to work on offense first at their own 20 after the kickoff by Summerville and picked up two first downs before the Bears’ defense forced them to punt.
Summerville went three-and-out on their first possession after getting pinned back at their own 5-yard-line by the Warriors’ punter, but the Bears got the ball back a few plays later after a fumble on the snap that was recovered by Summerville’s Jacob Renteria.
It would be Galt’s final drive on offense in the first quarter.
The Bears got the ball back on their own 42 with a little over five minutes left and picked up a first down on a handoff to Veach and keeper by Summerville quarterback Jaden Brocchini.
Summerville picked up several more first downs and got the ball to Galt’s 11 when the first quarter ended.
Galt was able to prevent the Bears from scoring a touchdown, but not from putting up the first points of the game.
Summerville kicker Ian Henley came onto the field on fourth-and-11 and sent a roughly 20-yard kick sailing through the uprights. The score was 3-0 for the Bears with 10:46 left in the first half.
The Warriors failed to convert on fourth down on their next drive, giving Summerville the ball back around the 50.
Veach and Brocchini picked up a combined 20 yards rushing on the first two plays and brought the Bears to the Warriors’ 31.
Brocchini mostly took over from that point and pounded the ball into the end zone for a touchdown. The Bears extended their lead to 10-0 with 5:09 left in the half following the successful point after by Henley.
The stingy Bears’ defense once again held Galt to a three-and-out to give their offense a chance at more points before the half, and they were so close.
Summerville’s Joshua Caldera, Veach and Brocchini kept chipping away at the Warriors’ defense on the ground to get the ball to the Galt 35.
With one second remaining, Brocchini scrambled up the field and was knocked out of bounds by a Warriors’ player just one yard shy of the end zone to close out the first half.
Galt would strike back halfway through the third quarter on their first drive with a 38-yard touchdown pass and point after that cut Summerville’s lead to 10-7 with 6:48 on the clock.
The Bears were unable to answer on their next possession and punted to the Warriors, who scored again within the first few plays on a 35-yard pass to an open receiver in the end zone.
After the point after, Galt took their first lead of the game 14-10 with 3:09 left in the third quarter.
Summerville got the ball back and were again forced to punt after being unable to convert on third down against the Warriors’ fired up defense.
The punt, however, bounced off the leg of a Warriors’ player and was scooped up by Summerville’s Garrett Miller with the clock winding out in the third quarter.
Brocchini ran to the outside on a keeper on the second play of the fourth quarter, and his speed was no match for the Warriors’ defense as he sprinted about 50 yards for a touchdown.
The point after by Henley was good to make the score 17-14 for Summerville with 11:51 remaining in the game.
Galt’s offense put together another successful scoring drive to regain the lead, 21-17, with 9:16 left.
The Bears started off their next drive on the Galt 42 after a big kickoff return by Summerville’s Eliceo Avila.
Within less than a minute of Galt’s last touchdown, the Bears were back in the endzone and in the lead following a 42-yard touchdown pass from Brocchini to Titus Shirley.
Henley was good for the point after brought the score to 24-21, Bears, with 8:43 left in the game.
Neither team scored again, giving the Bears their first victory of the season and the Warriors their first loss.
Summerville is now 1-1 as they head to Ripon on Friday for a non-league away game against the Ripon Christian Knights.
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