Thursday, September 2, 2010
Inland Empire: Summit outlasts Etiwanda, 42-35, behind Blackmon, Alford and Deayon
By Dan Arritt
Well, that was an exciting start to the high school football season.
Alternating between a bunched up double wing and a spread offense, Summit High of Fontana scored just enough to hold off Etiwanda, 42-35, in the season opener for both schools Thursday night at Miller High in Fontana.
Etiwanda cut the deficit to a touchdown with 43.7 seconds remaining, and Gary O'Leary then recovered a short pooch kick at the Summit 37.
The Eagles took several shots at the end zone in the closing seconds before Summit defensive back Devon Blackmon sealed the victory with an interception as time expired.
It was fitting finish to a strong second half for Blackmon, one of the most heavily recruited players in the Inland Empire. Blackmon, who alternated between quarterback, wingback and receiver, also had a 33-yard touchdown run on the final play of the third quarter, and threw an 11-yard touchdown pass in the fourth, each time extending Summit's lead to two touchdowns.
"When we're going, we're going," Blackmon said. "We just have to learn how to work through adversity."
Donte Deayon had a strong first half for the Skyhawks, intercepting a pass, scoring on a one-yard touchdown run and blocking a field-goal attempt. Montigo Alford, one of the top basketball players in the state, was the other offensive standout for Summit, rushing for 149 yards in 28 carries and scoring two touchdowns.
Etiwanda quarterback Larry Cutbirth showed good presence in the pocket, completing 22 of 40 passes for 338 yards, but he was intercepted three times. Mike Sena was his favorite receiver, catching nine passes for 121 yards and two touchdowns.
Check back on Friday for some game action and postgame interviews.