Brotherhood values dedication in class, on field
If there’s a theme for The Summit Country Day’s football program, it’s “family.”
The program prides itself in competing as a unit and growing throughout the course of a season. The Silver Knights’ football brotherhood also values dedication in the classroom, improvement on the gridiron and motivation to take the team to new heights.
The foundation for success starts with an offseason weight-lifting program that’s open to incoming eighth-graders interested in strengthening their bodies. The Summit has a July off-site conditioning clinic called Mat Wars. The Silver Knights also play in a Blue and Silver Game, or intersquad scrimmage, in early August.
The Summit advanced to the football playoffs every season from 2010 to 2014, but its 2012 campaign was particularly special. That team posted a 10-0 regular-season record, won the program’s first Miami Valley Conference league title since 2008, captured the first playoff win in Summit football annals, advanced to a second playoff game, and finished with an 11-1 record.
Many Summit players have gone on to play college football, including Class of 2016 defensive tackle Davionne Laney (Seton Hill University) and Class of 2015 defensive back Tyler Hannah (Mount St. Joseph University) and wide receiver C.J. Suggs (Wittenberg University). Class of 2014 defensive lineman Michael Barwick Jr. (Indiana University) and Class of 2013 defensive lineman Armand Walker (Morehead State) also played collegiately. Other Summit products include running back LaDon Laney (’12, Kentucky Wesleyan University), kicker/punter Logan Eyer (’11, Denison University), offensive lineman Davante Hunter (’11, Morehead State University) and linebacker Alex Nourse (’11, Marietta College).
Coach Justin Isaacs took over The Summit’s football program in 2017 after serving as an interim coach for one season and an assistant coach for seven seasons. Coach Isaacs’ experience with the Silver Knights includes roles as offensive coordinator, running backs coach and junior varsity coach. In addition to being a 2005 Reading High School graduate and 2010 University of Phoenix graduate, Coach Isaacs played Arena Football for eight years. The former running back is a member of the Cincinnati Semi-Pro Football Hall of Fame.