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New coach, strong leadership set to guide Summit this season PHOTOS

  • Two seasons ago, Summit opened its season with a win against Riverview Richard. In 2014, the squad will look to avenge an opening-night loss to Huron in a rematch with the Chiefs on Aug. 29 at 7 p.m. in New Boston. News-Herald File Photo
  • This season, the Summit Dragons hope to catch quarterback Matt Hartwick and the Huron Chiefs in what will be a Week-1 rematch from last year. News-Herald File Photo

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With a new coach at the helm, and some strong leadership on the roster, Summit will look to bounce back from a tough 2-7 season in 2013.

One of the strong leaders who first-year Coach Vince Levigne will look to is junior Shane Conn, who will start at quarterback for the Dragons after seeing limited action under center in 2013.

At running back, senior Micaiah Russell and junior Craig Fowler are the top candidates to carry the ball in what Levigne said is both a strong and balanced backfield.

On the offensive line, senior De’Andre Franklin and junior Miles Mangrum will lead the way. Levigne said Franklin, who will also play on the defensive line, has been his “rock” so far this season.

“This being our first year as a coaching staff, I don’t know where we would be right now without his leadership and commitment all summer long,” he said.

Also providing leadership will be will two talented seniors in Tazjuane Moore and Randall Micheaux. Levigne said both players are extremely dedicated and both have a shot to play at the next level.

In addition to catching passes, Moore will also be defending them, as he will be at the safety position for the Dragons.

Starting at middle linebacker for the teal and black squad will be junior Brian Davy, who Levigne described as a tough player and fierce competitor.

Aside from Summit’s on-field work, the new coaching staff has also put a strong emphasis on character building and academics.

The staff invited members of the U.S. Marine Corps to help with conditioning this year and has also established a program to focus on improving each player’s grade point average.

“We’re really trying to build on character, academics and discipline,” Lavigne said. “We’re blessed to be at a school here that has such a strong focus on academics. Our players are really committed to academics. They are setting high-standard goals for themselves.”

Summit will start the season on Aug. 29 with non-league game at Huron and will kick off the Charter School League season the following week at Warren Michigan Collegiate.

Last Updated: 8/26/2014 7:32:37 PM EST