When junior running back Colby Averett took a handoff on the first offensive play of the day for the South Summit High School football team and ran for 90 yards before being stopped at the five-yard line, it looked like another rout in the making.
But a fumble on the next play and fumbles on the next two possessions put the Wildcats in an unfamiliar position trailing Layton Christian 3-0 early in the second quarter.
Those were the only points South Summit's stout defense would allow, though, giving the offense a chance to climb back into the game.
Behind the efforts of Averett and his fellow running backs, that's exactly what the Wildcats did. Averett scored on South Summit's first possession of the second quarter, powering into the end zone from 12 yards out.
Senior Carson Freestone scored from four yards out right before halftime to give the Wildcats a 14-3 lead at intermission in a game they'd go on to win 27-3.
Averett and junior quarterback Ty Jones would each add a second-half rushing touchdown to help the Wildcats improve to 7-0 on the season.
After two straight wins by more than 50 points, South Summit coach Jerry Parker said he hopes Friday's game serves as a wake-up call to his team.
"We've been cruising along without even a bump in the road, so I guess we were due," he said. "I think it was good for our kids. Now they'll be refocused. How many times can you say you had five or six turnovers and won the game?"
He added that the Wildcats will have to do a better job protecting the football to maintain their perfect record.
"[Layton] forces turnovers on every team, so part of that was them," he said. "We did what we had to do to win ugly, but it wasn't a good game by any means."
"We've got to focus on holding on to the ball," Jones said. "It's not something we can take lightly. That ball was getting cold it was just all slick. We need to focus on the four points of contact on the ball."
Defensively, Parker had no complaints Friday night. He said that's what he's come to expect from the other side of the ball.
"Our defense is stellar," he said. "Aaron Tillett does an awesome job and they were ready to go. They carried us tonight."
"They saved our butts in that first half," Jones added. "We couldn't have done it without them giving us a chance."
Senior defensive end/offensive tackle Brad Richins said he knew the offense would eventually get going.
"It's just nice to know that we can count on our defense to make big plays when our offense is struggling like tonight," he said. "But we were moving the ball, we just needed to hang on to the football. We just kept with it."
Now, the Wildcats get to prepare for their rivalry game against North Summit this Friday night. Richins said South Summit knows it needs to be on top of its game if the perfect record is going to stay intact.
"We know they're a good team and they always come ready to play," he said.
"It's always a good one," Jones said of the game. "We've been looking forward to this all season."
Parker said rivalry week always brings extra intensity and focus to the practice field. But, he added, if the Wildcats do what they're capable of doing, they should be able to improve to 8-0.
"It'll be hyped up big time now," he said. "We've kind of opened the door a little bit [with a sub-par performance against Layton]. This game is always a good one, though. We'll be ready it's our rivals."
Friday's game in Kamas is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.