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Braves’ drive runs deep

Adia Waldburger, of the Record staff

North Summit starting quarterback Deven Holmes heard that Ogden’s head coach wasn’t too worried about their first game against the Braves.

Although, the 2A Braves are a division below 3A Ogden, they may want to spend some time worrying about North Summit. After all, the Braves are the defending 2A state champions and despite graduating a full class of seniors, they are still returning a number of last year’s talented starters.

Holmes is among those starters, as well as twins Colby and Caden Richins and Stevin Sommerville. All except Somerville have played together since their days in little league and say they are more than ready to make their last year together count. These starters are also returning with a mindset that will hopefully allow them to repeat the state title.

"This year, we just got tougher," Colby said. "Our goal is to repeat, we’re going to go out and do the same thing."

The seniors have informed the team of their intentions and the Braves seem to be on the same page.

If history is on North Summit’s side, they should have a fair shot at a repeat title. Head coach Jerre Holmes won three state titles as the head coach at Rich High School in the mid-1990s and since coming to Coalville, the Braves slowly worked their way closer to winning a title each year.

Everyone will need to be of one accord to defend their title with a much smaller team this year. The team does not have the depth they did last year, which means Coach Holmes is expecting maximum effort out everyone on his team as well as crossing his fingers that nobody gets injured. Somerville said that a smaller team doesn’t mean a smaller chance of winning.

"We lost our depth, but we have just as much talent," he said.

With Deven at the helm, the offense will look similar to last year with a number of running plays. One place where the Braves don’t lack depth is in the backfield. Deven will have a number of options with Colby, Sommerville and junior Anders Skagerberg all ready to run the ball. The Braves are also planning to try more passing this year. He should have decent protection behind a big offensive line. Although the Braves have lost some of their speed from last year, the defense will still bring plenty of strength and power.

Ogden will start off the Braves’ uphill climb towards another title, and even though the Tigers might be looking past them, they are well aware that few other teams will look past them. The 2A division is full of worthy opponents and North Summit definitely has a target on its back. Still, the players say they are up to the challenge and agree that the pressure hasn’t really gotten to them yet.

"There’s pressure whether you have a target on your back or not," Somerville said.

The Braves will start their march towards another title this Friday when they host Ogden at 7 p.m.


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