The South Summit High School football team has been on a roll lately, dominating opponents with a prolific offense and stingy defense.
That trend continued on Friday night, when the Wildcats hit the road to take on the Gunnison Bulldogs.
In the blink of an eye, the Wildcats had built up a 28-point first quarter lead thanks to a balanced effort from South Summit's stable of running backs. Another 28-point quarter immediately followed, putting South Summit up 56-0 at halftime en route to a 65-13 victory.
South Summit coach Jerry Parker said he couldn't be happier with the way the team has played all season long.
"The kids are just playing extremely well," he said. "Everybody the subs, it doesn't matter who is in there everyone is on the same page."
Junior quarterback Ty Jones led the charge, rushing for two touchdowns from eight and four yards away and connecting with Daxton Hansen for a nine-yard touchdown pass.
Sophomore running back Isaac Tillett had his best performance of the year, rushing for three long touchdowns from 20, 24 and 39 yards out and drawing praise from his coach.
"Isaac played outstanding," Parker said. "He's a great running back. His confidence is getting better and better. He's just a tough runner too, breaking several tackles. His yards after contact are just like [junior running back] Colby [Averett]'s."
Averett added a 10-yard touchdown run, Quinn Zimmerman scampered in from 19 yards out and Matt Lee scored on a 14-yard run to finish off the South Summit touchdowns. Harley Georgi also knocked home a 21-yard field goal for the Wildcats.
With a dominant rushing effort like the Wildcats displayed on Friday night, Parker said the credit goes to the offensive line. He said players other than just senior left tackle Brad Richins have stepped up this season.
"Ty Clegg, our center, has done a wonderful job," he said. "And Andy Mitchell moved in at tackle and has played well. They're doing a great job taking care of our offense."
Defensively, Parker credited another strong performance from the secondary as the key to stopping the Gunnison passing attack.
"Our defensive backs have been a real bright spot this year," he said. "They were a focal point coming into the season, but they had four picks."
This week, Parker said the Wildcats are just going to focus on perfecting the little things.
"We're going back to fundamentals," he said. "Blocking and tackling we can always improve in those areas."
And, he added, it wouldn't hurt to make the passing game a little more effective.
"I think we're still going to work on the pass," he said. "We can run better routes and hit the target better."
This week, South Summit (6-0) will host Layton Christian (5-1) in a game that could decide the 2A North region title.
"This might be the one," Parker said. "We thought the title was going to go through Millard, but this might be it."
Friday night's game against Layton Christian will kick off at 7 p.m. in Kamas.