How efficient is too efficient?
Summit coach Nick Matheny doesn’t know and he doesn’t want to find out.
Summit’s offense was incredibly efficient in last week’s 49-28 win over Miller.
“We only ran 24 offensive plays,” Matheny said. “I don’t know if we’re prepared for this week.”
Summit hosts Alta Loma at Miller High on Friday.
While Miller was grinding out the clock on the ground, Summit was scoring quickly. Matheny said the SkyHawks scored touchdowns on all three of their first-half possessions and led 21-0 at halftime.
In the second half, Miller racked up more yards on the ground. Matheny said a big reason was that he rested several defensive players, and that led to Miller’s 28-point second half.
“It’s more of a health thing and we have guys at new positions,” Matheny said. “We have to improve, but last week, defense took two plays off then was back on the field.”
By contrast, Miller ran 61 offensive plays, 56 on the ground.
The SkyHawks need to weather the storm on the defensive line for the moment.
Three defensive linemen are out or won’t be at 100 percent. Defensive end Robert Villagomez is out with a knee strain and probably will miss this week, as well. Defensive tackle Ramon Licea has been out with a concussion and is now getting cleared to come back, but won’t be available this week. And defensive tackle/nose guard Raul Diaz has an ankle injury that leaves him questionable.
If all goes well, they should be healthy in a couple of weeks, and then they’ll get even more help.
Senior defensive tackle Juan Luna, who broke his arm last year in Week 5 against Temecula Great Oak, wasn’t expected to play this year. But Matheny said Luna returned to the team after convincing his parents to let him play.
Luna has not had the required 10 days of practice first, so he likely wouldn’t play until Week 5 against Riverside Norte Vista, at the earliest.