Bend and Summit are quite familiar with each other.
That was certainly evident as the defenses dominated the first half in a tight battle of intracity rivals Friday night at Summit High School.
But the Lava Bears pulled away in the fourth quarter with two late touchdowns for a 40-23 Class 6A Special District 6 football victory.
“The difference from the first half to the second half was we cleaned up a lot of penalties,” said Bend coach Matt Craven. “In the first half we shot ourselves in the foot time and time again. I’m just proud of the way that our kids cleaned things up in the second half and really performed well.”
At the end of the third quarter, Summit running back Magnus Schmidt broke several tackles on a 34-yard touchdown run that got the Storm to within 26-23.
A 25-yard touchdown pass from Cooper Simmonds to Tysen Scott gave Bend a 33-23 lead midway through the fourth quarter, and Payton Davis capped off the scoring with a 61-yard touchdown run with 4:34 left that put the Bears up 40-23.
Davis finished with 201 yards and two touchdowns for Bend (5-1 overall, 2-1 SD6) on 28 carries, 155 of those yards coming in the second half. Simmonds was 14-of-18 passing for 207 yards and three touchdowns.
“I’m really proud of the way that we ran the ball,” Craven said. “It set up our screen game and a lot of our passing yards were on screens. We felt like if we executed the way we wanted to, we had the better running game, and eventually that’s what ended up happening.”
The Lava Bears also forced three Summit turnovers, including a 35-yard interception return by Luke Musgrave that gave Bend a 14-10 lead going into halftime.
“When you play a team every year, and you have stable coaching staffs, you get to know a team really well,” Craven said. “They’re a class act and we respect them a great deal. You get to know them inside out and I’m sure they know us inside out. Both teams knew it was going to be a slugfest, and it was.”
Quarterback Henry Bledsoe was 23-of-43 passing for 287 yards and a touchdown and Campbell Smith caught seven passes for 118 yards for Summit (1-5, 0-2).
“We just didn’t finish,” said Summit coach Corben Hyatt. “We’ve got to play four quarters. We had a couple things not go our way right at the end, but that’s what happens. We knew they had a physical running game and it took a toll on us at the very end. I think we did well holding their passing game in check, and we held (tight end) Musgrave pretty good, we’ve just got to finish games.”
Both teams had trouble securing the ball in the first half as a light rain fell for most of the contest. After a Bend High fumble on a high snap was recovered by Summit’s Jeremiah McCray, the Storm drove the field to set up a 23-yard field goal by Soren McKee for an early 3-0 lead.
A Summit fumble recovered by Musgrave late in the first quarter helped set up Bend’s first scoring drive.
Simmonds found Kyle Reed on a short pass, then Reed scampered down the sideline for a 43-yard touchdown and a 7-3 lead for the Bears.
Midway through the second quarter, Summit got good field position after Oliver Husmann partially blocked a Bend punt.
Starting from the Bend 38-yard line, Bledsoe led Summit on a nine-play scoring drive. He rolled left, then threw across his body to find Smith open in the end zone for a 14-yard touchdown pass that gave the Storm a 10-7 lead with 1:58 left in the first half.
But after Summit stopped Bend on the ensuing possession, disaster struck for the Storm.
Musgrave stepped in front of a Summit receiver to pick off a Bledsoe pass and give Bend a 14-10 lead after his pick-six.
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