In a thrilling finish, the Summit High School football team claimed a 22-21 overtime victory over El Toro in the first round of the CIF playoffs on November 5.
It was the eighth consecutive victory for the SkyHawks, who raised their record to 9-2 and won a home game in the second round of the Division 5 tournament against Chino Hills on Friday, November 12.
The score was tied at 14-14 after regulation play, resulting in the need for overtime. After El Toro took the lead, 21-14, the SkyHawks scored a Sitani Mikaele touchdown.
Then coach Nick Matheny decided to go for two points, and Mikaele made his way into the end zone for the conversion and the dramatic triumph.
De’Marri Owens kicked off the Summit offense with 168 yards on 24 carries. Sitani Mikaele carried the ball 8 times for 30 yards.
Payton Clark completed 12 of 21 passes for 122 yards. Aiden Hall caught 4 passes for 45 yards, Jeremiah Beck caught 4 passes for 33 yards and Adrian Rodriguez had 2 receptions for 36 yards.
As had been the case in previous games, the Summit defense did a good job, making some big plays.
Isayah Hall intercepted a pass and returned it for 84 yards. Kennazehe Purifoy intercepted a pass and brought it back 12 yards. Alaska Taufa recovered from a fumble caused by Tavake Tuikolovatu.
Devean James had 9 solo tackles and 3 assisted tackles for the SkyHawks. Carlos Umana had 6 tackles and 4 assists, Isayah Hall had 4 tackles and 2 assists, Soanne Fakava had 3 tackles and 4 assists, Oscar Molina had 3 tackles and 3 assists, and Taufa, Purifoy and Beck all had 3 tackles .