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South Summit comes up short in state championship

Scott Nagle, SSHS

The South Summit Wildcat football team ended its season with a difficult 7-0 loss to the San Juan Broncos in the 2A state championships on Saturday, Nov. 14.

The Wildcats arrived at Alta High School around 9 a.m. to a snow-covered field on a cold but sunny day. That did not last long as the clear skies turned dark before halftime and a blinding snowstorm ensued. These conditions continued throughout the second half as neither team’s offense could get anything going, and turnovers continued to occur.

The Wildcats received the opening kickoff and were moving the ball into Bronco territory when they were called for holding, backing them up 10 yards. After that, they could not move the ball and had to punt it away.

The Broncos took possession but could not move the ball and were forced to punt. Again, the Wildcats moved the ball into Bronco territory, but another holding call hurt the offensive momentum. They attempted a 55-yard field goal, which came up just short.

The Broncos took possession and marched down the field in just five plays, scoring the only touchdown of the game on a 13-yard pass. The Wildcats had their chances to score, but were hurt by turnovers and penalties.

The score at halftime was 7-0 in favor of the Broncos. As the snow rolled in, the defenses of both teams controlled the tempo during the second half. South Summit tried to get some offense going, but could never get close enough to score. The Wildcats continued to play hard until there was no time left on the clock.

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South Summit finished the season with a record of 10-2, losing twice to the Broncos.

The South Summit coaching staff would like to thank all the parents, students, faculty and community for their wonderful support throughout the year. It was truly a memorable season that laid a foundation for more great days ahead for Wildcat football.