SPRING HILL — Not even a cold, persistent rain could dampen Summit’s homecoming.
Tai Carter ran for 143 and two touchdowns, while Tyler Palmer added 122 yards and a score to spark the Spartans 22-14 upset of La Vergne Friday night.
“It’s a great win for us,” said Summit coach Brian Coleman. “(Carter and Palmer) ran the ball hard, and you’ve got to give a lot of credit to the offensive line.”
The victory was historic for Summit (2-4, 1-2 5-5A) as it was the school’s first win in region play. The Spartans’ first season of football was 2011.
“That’s our first region win as a football program,” Coleman said. “It’s exciting for us.”
The loss was equally as disappointing for the Wolverines (4-3, 2-2), who were trying to remain in the hunt for a region championship.
The Spartans set the tone for their upset win, scoring on their possession with Carter finishing things off with a 7-yard touchdown run. Palmer added the 2-point conversion run for an 8-0 lead midway through the first quarter.
Summit extended its advantage to 15-0 with 2:30 left in the second quarter on an 11-yard touchdown run by Palmer.
However, it was La Vergne that carried momentum into halftime, driving 70 yards in the final two minutes of the first half before Nick Jones scored on a 3-yard run with just 2.5 seconds left in the second quarter. Malik White supplied the 2-point conversion run to pull the Wolverines within 15-8 at halftime.
The teams exchange scores in the third quarter as Carter scored on a 13-yard run for the Spartans, while White had a 3-yard touchdown run for La Vergne.
The Wolverines defense came to life in the fourth quarter, forcing a pair of Summit turnovers, but La Vergne failed to convert on either opportunity, allowing the Spartans to hold on for the upset win.
Jones finished with a team-high 118 yards rushing, while White added 89 yards on the ground for the Wolverines. Keianthony Conner completed 7 of 20 passes for 76 yards with Josh Lewis reeling in six of those passes for 61 yards.