In Friday's 2A showdown against the Emery Spartans, the Wildcats showed no sign of a letdown following a big rivalry win over North Summit on Sept. 28, as they rolled over the Spartans 55-34 for their sixth win of the year.
South Summit head coach Jerry Parker said the team compiled 450 yards of total offense as senior Hayden Packard, once again, was part of an explosive offensive output. The speedster had three touchdowns while Bracken Santos pitched in two touchdowns against the Spartans. Senior captain Jay Reidhead added a 48-yard touchdown in the second half and junior quarterback Caden Christenson had a hand in three Wildcat scores Friday.
"We either scored or turned it over," Parker said. "It's kind of frustrating; I'd like to punt, really.
"The pass game worked pretty well, but then (Emery) picked off two, so we fell back to the run. Our option game worked really well, then we went to the sweep and our counter sweep. Offensively, we were doing a pretty good job."
Christenson threw touchdown passes to Santos and Packard and ran for a 14-yard score in the win. Packard had an 85-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the first half -- his second return for six in two games -- and added a 37-yard touchdown run in the second half.
Despite the eruption, Parker said his team had too many penalties, eclipsing the 100-yard mark against Emery, and had too many turnovers.
"To beat these good teams, we've got to stay with it for four quarters," he said. "When we're hitting on all cylinders, I think we're very hard to stop. It's weird how we can get going; we don't know who is going to score, we're not favoring anyone, but each kid steps up. But then we'll have a turnover and it's like a domino effect; it's like we're taking it away from ourselves."
Parker said the Wildcat defense struggled in the first half, but found its footing in the second half after Emery's Otis Addison returned the opening kickoff of the second half 95 yards for a touchdown.
"Emery had some good drives, but if you break it down, they had one," he said. "All the others were aided by our misfortune or mistakes. When we focus and we're on, man, we're pretty good. When we don't focus, we can be pretty bad."
Parker gave credit to his offensive and defensive lines, saying that left guard Breydon Crystal and nose tackle Riley Atkinson excelled at their respective positions against the Spartans.
"It was a good week for the linemen," he said.
South Summit, now 6-2 overall and 5-1 in region play, is scheduled to host Gunnison, 3-5 Friday, which is Senior Night at Wildcat Stadium. The Wildcats must win in order to keep pace for the No. 2 seed out of 2A North Division. South Summit and Millard are each 5-1 in region and are vying for that second spot behind undefeated defending 2A state champion Manti.
"I'm glad we're playing here instead of at Gunnison. We struggled there last year, so they better struggle here," Parker said. "We need to keep our foot mashed down going into the playoffs."