RANDOLPH, Rich County — The Rich High Rebels’ (3-0) homecoming celebration Friday afternoon included a decisive 35-17 win over Summit Academy (3-1).
The visiting Bears made their first and possibly last trip to Randolph, and they didn’t find many places to choose from for lunch, but they did find out why the Rebels came in undefeated on the season.
The Rebels scored on their first possession when senior quarterback Austin Groll capped a 70-yard drive with a score from two yards out.
Summit Academy threatened, but a fumble on the Rebel 10-yard line brought a productive drive to an end and a 6-0 lead for the home team at the end of the first quarter.
The Rebels continued to dominate time of possession in the second quarter and bumped their lead to 12-0 when Groll hit sophomore receiver Wyatt Muirbrook for a 41-yard strike.
Groll had an impact on the defensive side of the ball as well when he intercepted a pass and made a 11-yard return down to the one-yard line.
Senior running back Kaden Thomson punched the ball in for the score.
Summit Academy’s best play of the game came on the ensuing kickoff when Brodi Strong took the ball to the house on a 95-yard return.
Rich kept the ball on the ground and put together a 58-yard drive with Thomson again getting the score this time from two yards out.
The Bears started their next drive on the Rebel 41-yard line, and with time running down in the first half, the visitors had the ball down to the 15. Summit Academy’s season took a big blow on the next play as quarterback Christian Miller was hit just as he released a pass, and the resulting injury from the hit would leave him on the sideline the rest of the game.
The Bears managed a field goal to cut the lead to 27-10 at the half.
The Bears did not appear to be the same team in the second half without Miller at the helm.
Groll took the ball in from the three-yard line and a 35-10 lead at the end of three quarters.
Summit Academy scored just before the end of the game for the final 35-17 score.
The Rebels will travel to Monticello next week, while the Bears stay on the road against Whitehorse.
High school football: Summit Academy at Rich
Rich posted a 35-17 victory over Summit Academy Friday afternoon.