“Shock and Awe’’ isn't quite right as a catch phrase for the play of the Mansfield Summit defense during the Jaguars' current four-game win streak.
More like “Benton and Awe.’’
Summit defensive tackle Devin Benton leads the team in sacks with six and is second in tackles (7.3 per game.)
Junior outside linebacker Micha Awe leads Summit in tackles (8.6) and has caused a team-leading three fumbles.
Of course, many other defenders are involved in Summit’s dominant defensive play in District 7-4A games. The Jaguars figured to be solid defensively with seven returning starters from a team that narrowly missed making the Class 5A playoffs last season.
The best measuring stick for any defense is points allowed, and in that category, the Jaguars are allowing 8.2 per game during the winning streak.
The common thread in all four district wins can be traced to preparation. Summit didn't allow any first-quarter points in wins over Burleson, Crowley, Cleburne and Joshua.
Summit (6-1, 4-0 District 7-4A) has been very stingy since allowing six touchdowns in its only loss, 44-21, at the hands of Class 5A rival Mansfield in the Jaguars' final nondistrict tune-up.
But a big test is looming Friday when Summit hosts Everman (5-2, 4-0) with the 7-4A title likely riding on the outcome. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. at Vernon Newsom Stadium for the first meeting between the two schools.
Everman is No. 5 in ESPNDallas.com's 4A rankings and Summit is No. 7.
Summit will be faced with slowing down Everman senior running back Cory Franklin (959 rushing yards, 10 touchdowns).