By Stefanie Theobald
INDIAN HILL, Ohio – After losing to Cincinnati Country Day during the regular season, Summit Country Day got revenge in the regional quarterfinals of the Division VI playoffs Friday night, beating the Indians and MVC champs 55-28 on their home turf while blemishing CCD’s undefeated record.
The Silver Knights did not waste any time scoring. Early in the first quarter, senior quarterback Antonio Woods connected on a short pass with senior tight end Daniel Bruns who picked up a few more yards on his way to the end zone.
Cincinnati Country Day picked off Woods, but fumbled the ball the very next play. Woods acquitted himself of his interception, rushed seven yards for a touchdown to put Summit up 14-0 at the end of the first quarter.
The second quarter started off with Woods completing his second touchdown pass of the game for 10 yards to Daniel Bruns. Bruns finished the night with eight catches for 94 yards and two touchdowns.
CCD finally scored halfway through the second quarter when senior running back J. R. Menifee muscled 1-yard into the end zone.
The Silver Knights scored three more times before the half, giving them a 41-7 lead. Woods connected with junior running back C. J. Suggs and later, senior Matt Brinkman, who gobbled up a 9-yard touchdown pass from Woods.
The Silver Knights scored on six of their seven possessions during the first half.
The Indians owned the offense the first part of the second half, shutting out the Silver Knights the entire third quarter. They scored two rushing touchdowns, including a quarterback sneak for junior quarterback Cameron Alldred.
“Our first game against them we had trouble stopping them,” Summit coach Mike Brown said. “They are a disciplined team, they don’t turn the ball over. That is exactly what we talked about at halftime. They are going to come out, and we had to treat it 0-0.”
CCD continued its comeback the fourth quarter as J. R. Menifee ran for another touchdown, cutting the deficit to 20, 48-28.
Woods sealed the game by scoring twice more in the fourth quarter. His second rushing touchdown of the night was from 55 yards out. He totaled 16 carries for 154 yards on the ground and completed 16 of 22 passes for 206 yards.
“I was appreciative that our offense came back in the fourth quarter and took it over,” Brown said.
Said Summit quarterback Antonio Woods: “We wanted to make sure we sent the message. It was a good win for them (regular season) but we came out and we got the playoff win. I will take that.”
The Silver Knights advance to the regional semifinals and will play West Liberty Salem (9-2) at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Kettering Roush Stadium This is Summit’s fourth straight playoff appearance.