Playoff return assured for Mansfield Summit

Mansfield Summit clinched a playoff berth for the seventh time in its 10-year history last week.

Summit did it in style, going on the road to defeat defending District 7-4A champion Everman 35-14 to remain undefeated in league play. The Jaguars snapped Everman’s 24-game home winning streak and avenged their only 2010 district loss when the Bulldogs rolled to a 56-35 win in Mansfield.

The Jaguars (7-1, 5-0) remain unbeaten against Class 4A competition this season. Their only loss came at the hands of Class 5A Mansfield.

"The biggest thing is we have great character kids,'' said Summit coach Travis Pride. "There's a trust factor. They trust each other. We've needed trust because eight of our defensive starters and seven on offense were on the junior varsity last season.''

In Summit’s current five-game winning streak, opponents have been held to six rushing touchdowns.

The Jaguars kept Everman’s running attack in check thanks to active play up front by Bryson Henderson, Jacolby Robinson, Bryan Oheni-Gyeni and Cortez Harris.

Meanwhile, the Summit rushing attack was functioning nicely. Calvin Burns rushed for 165 yards and four touchdowns.

"Calvin played in the secondary last year,'' Pride said. "He's only about 5-9 and 170 pounds, but he is well put together. He runs hard.''

Summit will go into the Division I bracket of the playoffs unless both Burleson and Granbury qualify for the playoffs. Both are lodged in a four-way tie for second place at 3-2 along with Everman and Cleburne with two games to play.

The Jaguars host Arlington Seguin (3-5, 2-3) Friday and conclude the regular season at Granbury the following week.