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Versatility keys Summit win

Bulletin staff report — 

Versatile Dawson Ruhl starred on offense and defense for Summit on Friday night as the Storm claimed a 55-17 win over Pendleton in their Class 5A Special District 1 football opener.

Pendleton trailed 21-0 early but closed to within 21-14 by the start of the second quarter. But Summit was quick to regain command.

The Storm scored the next two touchdowns before Ruhl’s interception return for a TD late in the second period put Summit up 41-14. Then, after starting quarterback John Bledsoe was sidelined with an injury to his nonthrowing shoulder, Ruhl filled in behind center and tossed a pair of TD passes in the third quarter as the Storm (2-1) pulled away from the visiting Buckaroos (1-2).

“I thought our kids responded well to the adversity of John going out,” said Summit coach Joe Padilla, who said removing Bledsoe from the game was a “precautionary” move. Padilla added that he expected the standout senior quarterback to be back in the lineup for next week’s game at Hermiston.