SUMMIT, NJ - He may not wear a snappy sports coat and accessorize wih a nifty houndstooth hat while on the sidelines, but Summit High School Football Head Coach Kevin Kostibos will tell you that he shares a belief once famously stated by legendary college coach Paul 'Bear' Bryant.

"Defense wins championships."

There is still much terrain for the Kostibos' 2018 troupe of Hilltoppers yet to climb in order to approach their ultimate goal, but so far, its a heckuva lot better than good, with coach Dan Wollman's Maroon and White defensive unit limiting opponents to 49 points total through five games, consistently delivering stops and giving the ball back to the offense, and showing a gleeful delight in taking the ball away from the opposition with frequency.

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The latest lab slide of the Defense's stellar play was their role in Summit's 36-6 victory over Colonia at Investors Bank Field, where they had three more takeaways -- one a Joe Lusadi 'pick six' interception -- and allowed just one score. That effort has earned the defense The Salerno Duane Summit Football Players of the Game Award. It's the second such honor for 'The D', as they also received the accolade after the season-opening shutout of Montgomery.

Summit, now 5-0 on the season, will next play at Cranford October 12. Kick-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.

The Salerno Duane Summit Football Players of the Game Award is collaboration between Salerno Duane Jeep Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram of Summit and TAPinto Summit which, after each Summit High School Varsity Football game, will honor Hilltopper players -- as designated by the coaching staff -- for their performance(s).