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Summit defeats Gunnison 60-40 in Bulldog territory

Gunnison senior Kyler White jukes on a play during Friday night football last week against Summit Academy. Gunnison matched well with the Bears, but lost in a shootout, 60-40. - Photo courtesy Kaden Leon
Gunnison senior Kyler White jukes on a play during Friday night football last week against Summit Academy. Gunnison matched well with the Bears, but lost in a shootout, 60-40. – Photo courtesy Kaden Leon
Summit defeats Gunnison 60-40 in Bulldog territory

 

Matt Harris

Staff writer

10-13-2016

 

GUNNISON—The Bulldogs suffered a loss at home at the hands of the one-loss Summit Academy Bears last Friday, but offered plenty of entertainment despite the result.

Gunnison had their second-highest scoring game of the season in the 60-40 loss, although 33 of those points came in the second quarter. Junior quarterback Kris Edwards and all-purpose senior Kyler White combined for all 40 points of the offensive effort.

“We were able to come within 13 points of them, but they were able to capitalize when they needed to,” head coach Jack Pay says. “We played hard and I think we outplayed most people’s perception. Most thought there was no way we could hang with them. Not only did we hang with them, but the only other teams to put up 40 points on them were South Summit and San Juan, which is very good company to be in.”

Edward had a solid night, throwing for two touchdowns and running in three more. White caught both of Edward’s touchdown passes and returned a kickoff 75 yards for an additional touchdown.

The Bulldogs were down and out early when Summit led 21-0 before Gunnison’s first score. The onslaught of scoring continued on both ends for the rest of the game.

“I feel like we continued to grow as a program against Summit Academy,” Pay says. “They are a very talented team, and as all year we have talked about focusing on ourselves and getting better. I feel like we continued to get better as a team and we never gave up.”

Gunnison will play their last regular season game against winless Millard in what could become a third win for a struggling program. “We know Millard has not won a game, but they have a lot to play for, so we need to focus on us playing the best football we have and getting better each week,” Pay says. “If we do that, everything else will take care of itself.”

Game time is next Friday at Millard at 7 p.m.