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Wildcats are champs again

It wasn’t often this season that the South Summit High School football team had to deal with any sort of adversity. Outside of a Week 2 loss at Morgan, the Wildcats rarely found themselves trailing on the scoreboard.

But on Friday at Southern Utah University, in the 2A state championship game against Summit Academy, a fumble on the first play from scrimmage set the Bears up in great field position.

After falling behind 6-0, seniors Ty Jones, Colby Averett and Bracken Santos decided they’d had enough. With Averett’s bruising running style moving the chains, Jones scored the Wildcats’ first touchdown on a 49-yard burst to put his team on top 7-6.

Then, after trading punts with the Bears for a few possessions, Jones and Santos took advantage of a connection they have that’s been forged since they became friends at age 2. First, Jones aired out a 46-yard bomb, hitting Santos in stride for a score to make it 14-6 Wildcats. Just before halftime, the two connected again, with Santos making a diving catch on a nine-yard pass to put the Wildcats ahead 21-6 at intermission.

The second half turned into a defensive struggle, with the only score coming when South Summit linebacker Harley Georgi intercepted a pass after it was tipped by Ethan Miles, taking it 13 yards to the end zone to put the finishing touch on a 28-6 victory.

Jones struggled to put into words what it was like to share yet another state championship with Santos, one of his oldest friends.

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"I can’t describe the feeling," he said. "It’s just so overwhelming. We’ve known each other since we were two years old. Getting that connection, it was awesome. I knew where he was going to be and he knew where I was going to throw the ball to him. It was perfect."

South Summit coach Jerry Parker said the great thing about this year’s squad was that anyone could have been the hero on Friday afternoon – it just so happened that Santos stepped up.

"That’s what’s neat about this team – we have individuals where we can say, ‘OK, now it’s your turn — you go do it,’" he said. "Ty and Bracken have been playing together since little league and they have a great connection with each other."

That great connection spread to the rest of the team, too, Parker added.

"They’re exceptional together as a team," he said. "They took care of the young kids. They just mesh so well together and they know their jobs and they just go out and do it. It’s been a great year, a wonderful year."

South Summit finished the season with a record of 11-1.

For more coverage of South Summit’s title game victory, please see Wednesday’s edition of The Park Record.

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