North Summit trounces South Summit
Longstanding rivals North Summit and South Summit took their competitive spirit to the football field Friday night in Coalville. Excitement exuded from both sides of the field, where stands overflowed with purple and green-bedecked fans.
North Summit topped off a week of homecoming celebrations with a 41-14 victory over the Wildcats.
The Braves came prepared to reaffirm their status as one of the top 2A teams after a devastating loss to Manti last week broke their 17-game winning streak. North Summit is currently ranked 4th in its region, with South Summit trailing close behind in 5th.
The Braves had no problem steamrolling their archrivals. Although the Wildcats made a valiant effort, slippery fingers and several turnovers contributed to their defeat.
South Summit got the ball rolling with a touchdown early in the first quarter. Levi Thompson tore down the field with a 66-yard run to light up the scoreboard. The Braves, however, weren’t discouraged. "We didn’t let it get to us," said senior quarterback Deven Holmes. Minutes later, the team bounced back with a touchdown by Anders Skagerberg.
In the remaining four minutes of the first quarter, twins Colby and Caden Richins joined forces to put the Braves up 14-7. Caden recovered a fumble near the South Summit 21-yard line and Colby got the ball in the end zone with a 13-yard run.
South Summit struggled offensively against North Summit’s larger defensive line. Routes were repeatedly halted as runners were buried under a pile of burly linemen. The Wildcats opted to punt rather than attempt a play on fourth down whenever possible. Still, team morale remained high as players on the sideline chanted words of encouragement to their comrades on the field.
In the middle of the second quarter, Stevin Sommerville intercepted a 14-yard pass and the Braves took over on the Wildcats’ 21-line yard, which led to a one-handed touchdown catch by Caden Richins. His brother Colby added seven more points before the end of the first half, bringing to score to 27-7.
Following halftime, the Wildcats kicked up their game a notch. They knocked down a North Summit pass and took over at the Braves 36-yard line. They drove up the middle with a series of quick runs and passes before nearly losing their momentum with a fumble near the North Summit 16-yard line. Luckily, Jace Johnson was there to recover the ball and, despite a 15-yard penalty for holding, quarterback Kendall Prescott managed a touchdown pass in the final seconds of the third quarter, bringing the score to 34-14 as the clock ran out.
The fourth quarter brought more fumble recoveries, a pass interference call against South Summit, and a final touchdown for the Braves, the third of the night for Colby Richins. South Summit’s Jace Johnson brought his team within reach of another touchdown with a 50-yard pass, but the Wildcats’ hope of finishing on a high note was dashed by Deven Holmes, who intercepted a pass on the 3-yard line.
"We just came out and played like it was our game," said Holmes. "We controlled the momentum throughout the whole game."
North Summit head coach Jerre Holmes said he was proud of his players’ resilience, both after the loss to Manti and after South Summit’s early touchdown. "You always worry they’ll be affected by the first play, but they bounced back," he said. "Even after losing for the first time in 17 games, these kids never hung their heads."
North Summit plays American Leadership at home and South Summit plays Manti at home Friday at 7 p.m.
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