Before the first 12 minutes of Friday night's game in Coalville were over, the North Summit High School football team already had a 20-0 lead over American Leadership Academy.
After building up a 34-0 halftime lead, the Braves held on for the 34-14 victory against a fellow 2A North region opponent.
The Braves' running game was once again a prominent force, as North Summit scored its first five touchdowns on the ground.
Junior quarterback Ryan McMichael scored the first two touchdowns, one from one yard out and one from 63 yards out. Senior running backs Trevor Hale and Josh Birk got involved too, with Hale scoring on a five-yard run and Birk scoring twice, both from two yards out.
For the Braves' last touchdown before halftime, McMichael found senior Nick Rees on an 18-yard pass.
North Summit coach Devin Smith said the offense has taken several steps forward since being plagued by fumbling problems earlier in the season.
"We won the turnover battle again," he said. "And our line played really well, our backs ran hard, our quarterback played well."
Defensively, he said the Braves are getting tougher and making it easy to stay competitive each game.
"They're getting better every week," he said. "We're pleased with how they're playing and their mindset. It makes things easier when your defense doesn't allow a lot of points."
North Summit is now 5-2 overall and has a 3-1 region record. After going 2-8 last season, Smith is very pleased with the way his team is playing this year.
"Our kids are pretty confident right now and we have good team chemistry," he said. "Wins are hard to come by, so we enjoy them and try to get better. We're starting to jockey for playoff position and that's obviously our biggest goal get seeded as high as we can in the playoffs. This win guaranteed us a home playoff game."
Now North Summit faces the challenge of preparing for undefeated South Summit.
"It's a rivalry game," Smith said. "We're obviously aware of how good South Summit is. But we're excited for the opportunity to play them."
He said he expects to have a good week of practice as his players get amped up for Friday night's game in Kamas.
"We don't have anything to lose," he said. "Nobody expects us to win, so we can play hard and challenge them and do everything we can to make a game out of it."
Friday night's game in Kamas is scheduled to start at 7 p.m.