DAVIS — During a scrimmage set under the heat of the August sun, the crack of a forearm sent ripples throughout Davis.

DAVIS — During a scrimmage set under the heat of the August sun, the crack of a forearm sent ripples throughout Davis.

The hit didn’t seem out of the ordinary, but as Briston Summers, the senior quarterback and safety for the Davis Wolves lifted up his left arm, he looked on in horror as the jagged and mangled bone faced the wrong direction.

“It just snapped,” Summers said. “It was tough, I knew it was bad when I saw it. At the time, I didn’t think I could come back.”

Before the season even began, Summers thought his career as Davis’ quarterback had ended. 

No senior send-off. 

No chance to best his older brother with a state title run of his own. 

It was over, or so he thought.

“It was surreal,” Davis coach Jody Weber said. “I thought it was a pretty benign tackle, and as I walked up expecting an ankle injury, I saw his arm was turned two directions.”

But with modern medicine, a little tape and a lot of grit, Summers came back eight weeks later to face Coalgate in his first game of the season. 

“It took a lot rallying and leadership, but Briston never missed a meeting, never missed a practice except to go the doctor,” Weber said. “He did what a good leader should do. To get him back was pretty special for our football team. It gave us a jolt.”

Ever since the Wolves (10-2, 6-0) have gone undefeated. 

After a thrilling overtime victory against No. 2 Holland Hall last week, Davis awaits the Class 2A state semifinal against the Washington Warriors in Moore Saturday.

In a football town with six state titles like Davis, the expectations for greatness come standard. 

While driving through downtown, the Christmas decorations are only overshadowed by the red and white banners boasting the town’s pride and joy — the Davis Wolves. 

Growing up under the bright lights of Wolf Field might be too much some players, but for Briston, the pressure comes natural. Davis is his home, and with all pressure of state title run on he and his teammates shoulders, he’d have it no other way.

“Football is a big deal around here,” Summers said. “I grew up around the game. I was a water boy, and I looked up to my brother a whole lot. I’ve been waiting my whole life to play high school football.”

Football is in Summers’ blood. His dad (Shane) wore Davis red as an all-state player and is now on the Wolves coaching staff. His older brother, Blake Summers, wore the same number, 17, as he led the Wolves to their last state title in 2014. 

Briston said his brother has given him some insight and advice on his road to the state final, but most of the lessons he learned were taught by example. 

“We’ve always been competitive around the house,” Summers said. “We’d try to beat each other at everything we do no matter what. I think it’s helped, it drives me to be better.”

Weber said he’s blessed to have the Summers family come through his football program. 

“Both of them are great competitors,” he said. “Blake probably had more speed, but don’t get me wrong: Briston can run. Briston’s got a little more shake and he’s a strong runner. No arm tackle is going to take him down. They both have a burning desire to win. When we need to go get three yards, we trust Briston. If we all execute, we know he’s going to get the three.”

One trait that sets Briston and the 2017 Wolves football team apart is their composure under pressure, Weber said.

“The guy has a low pulse rate, he’s a cool customer,” Weber said. “I can’t read him at all because he wears the same expression all the time. But that’s this team. In the locker room before the game, there might not be a sound, they’re just very business like. I used to be concerned we didn’t have a lot of yelling and challenging each other. but they’ve always proven to me that they’ll play as hard as they possible can.”

Summers and the Wolves proved their mettle and then some last week, coming back to stun Holland Hall in overtime 28-27. 

Summers first showed the ice in his veins in 2015. 

In the second round of the Class 2A playoffs, an injury to the Wolves starting quarterback ushered Briston to the big stage. As a sophomore, Summers led the Wolves to a 41-21 victory over Millwood. The following week, Summers went blow for blow with Adair, the eventual state champions, but came just one point short after the Warriors scored on a last minute touchdown drive and two point conversion to win 36-35.

This year, the stage is set for Summers as he faces Washington on Saturday night. 

Last week, the quarterback carried the ball 30 times for 135 yards and two touchdowns, and with just six games under his belt, Summers leads the Wolves with 652 yards and 13 touchdowns.

As a senior, it’s Summers’ last shot to put his mark on Davis history and add 2017 in red paint to the billboards that read 1979, 1986, 1990, 1995, 2013 and 2014 as you drive into Davis. 

But after coming back from what he thought was a season ending injury, Briston said the pressure and expectations of his town and family won’t affect him and his teammates Saturday in Moore. 

“I’m used to it now,” Summers said. “Just always being in big games, and we’re always pretty good. I think we handle the pressure pretty well. A chance to make state means a lot. The last few years, we’ve just been so close to getting there. This year, I think we have a good chance.”