FENTON – It wasn’t the ending Brent Tinker and his Fox football team wanted.
Rockwood Summit scored on its opening possession and never looked back in a 34-0 rout of the Warriors on Wednesday night in a Class 5 District 1 semifinal.
“They made some real good plays,” Tinker said of the Falcons. “But I’m proud of the turnaround our kids have started to make.
Summit scored touchdowns on three of its first four possessions, methodically marching 64, 84 and 80 yards, on each respective scoring drive.
“The credit goes to (Summit),” Tinker said. “They were well-prepared and I wish them all the luck moving on.”
The Falcons (7-3) will travel to Jackson on Monday night in the district final. Jackson was a 54-14 winner over Vianney.
The Fox offense never got going against a Summit defense that welcome University of Missouri recruit Eric Beisel back after being out two months with a broken foot. Beisel recorded seven tackles and had one of three Falcons sacks as Summit held Fox to 187 yards of total offense. Fox (5-6) had a total of 10 first downs – half of which came on its final two possessions – and seven punts.
While Beisel’s numbers were not overwhelming, Summit coach Mike Bellers said Beisel’s presence on the field gave the Falcons a spark.
“It was a big lift for the kids, the coaches and the school,” Bellers said. “He’s probably the finest football athlete to come out of Rockwood Summit. To do without him for two months was something we had to endure, but we’re just happy he’s back.”
Without Beisel, the Falcons dropped their final two games of the regular season. They still received a bye in the first round of the district tournament and cherished their first victory since Oct. 6.
“This was the type of game we needed to play,” Bellers said. “We’ve got a little more identity of who we are now.”
A big reason for the victory was shifty tailback Ian McIntosh, who ran for 108 yards and three touchdowns on 13 carries. He had an 80-yard punt return for a score called back because of a block in the back. McIntosh also added three receptions for 22 yards.
Bellers said McIntosh took advantage of a fast track and exploited the Warriors defensive scheme. Tinker complimented McIntosh’s ability to break a play open, but also gave credit to what he called an underrated Falcons offensive line.
“Our offensive line is getting better,” Bellers said of the unit that is led by senior Matt Kaysinger, but also includes juniors Tanner Hageman, Alex Lance, Tim Larrigan and sophomore Patrick Tosti. “They went against a big, physical team and did a good job.”
Things got a little testy in the second half as Fox was called for a pair of personal fouls late in the game. While disappointed with the loss, Tinker said the most frustrating thing was seeing a couple of his players lose their cool.
“In order for us to take the next step as a program, we have to learn how to handle all types of adversity,” Tinker said. “It takes away from the team.”
ROCKWOOD SUMMIT 34, FOX 0
Fox 0 0 0 0 – 0
Summit 14 10 7 3 – 34
RS – Ian McIntosh 7 run (Ben Tesson kick good) 9:57
RS – McIntosh 3 run (Tesson kick) 3:05
RS – James Crockett 10 run (Tesson kick) 8:09
RS – Tesson 33 FG 0:06
RS – McIntosh 4 run (Tesson kick) 1:30
RS – Tesson 37 FG 8:23
First downs: Fox – 10. Summit – 15
Penalties: Fox 5-65. Summit 6-52
Fumbles-Lost: Fox 1-0. Summit 3-0.
Sacks Allowed-Yards Lost. Fox 3-13. Summit 0-0.
Fox (5-6) – Passing: Thomspon 3-10-0-9; Tipton 1-2-0-13. Rushing: Thompson 16-57; Abeyta 10-36; Guinta 10-35; Tipton 4-33; Harper 1-6; Morris 1-0. Receiving: Mitchell 2-19; Brewer 2-3. Punts: Mitchell 7-33.9
Summit (7-3) – Passing: Crockett 14-21-1-161; Seymour 1-2-0-6. Rushing: McIntosh 13-108; J. Crockett 11-54; E. Crockett 4-21; May 2-15; Vogel 2-8; Sanders 1-4; Turner 1-2; Seymour 1-(minus) 1; Hartmann 1-(minus) 3. Receiving: Bamvakais 4-81; Sanders 3-44; McIntosh 3-22; Hartmann 4-14; Gegg 1-6. Punting: Edwards 4-40.5.