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South Summit football: Wildcats clobber Millard

Speed kills.

That’s how South Summit High School football coach Jerry Parker described Friday night’s 30-7 win over Millard at Wildcat Stadium in Kamas. Facing one of the most talented running backs in 2A football in speedster Jesse Rhodes, the Wildcats flipped the script on the fleet-footed Eagles, dominating from the first whistle and keeping the talented Millard running back in check for most of the night, while showcasing their own wealth of speed.

South Summit took a 30-0 lead over Millard into halftime, thanks in large part to the talented senior backfield of Porter Santos, Jay Reidhead and Hayden Packard.

The trio scored all five Wildcat touchdowns in the first half. Reidhead got his team on the board first with a seven-yard first-quarter touchdown run. Santos followed suit in the 24-point second quarter with a seven-yard touchdown run of his own. Santos, who returned from an MCL sprain suffered against Morgan in week two, had a solid game on each side of the ball, according to Parker.

Then there was Packard.

The senior scored three consecutive touchdowns in the second quarter — on a two-yard pass from junior quarterback Caden Christenson, an 81-yard touchdown run, and a 67-yard touchdown reception — and terrorized the Eagle defense.

"He’s got a great feel for the game," Parker said. "He even had one touchdown called back besides the other three. He made some great moves Friday.

"This backfield is unique. I’ve never been associated with a backfield with this much speed."

Asked what he thought when he looked up at the scoreboard at Wildcat Stadium to see his team leading the traditional 2A powerhouse 30-0, Parker said it’s just the way this rivalry works out.

"We’ve had some real battles with them the last few years," he said. "It seems like one year they’ll blow us out, then the next year we’ll blow them out, and then we’ll play a couple tight ones.

"We just executed really well. We caught them off guard. They’re a really good team, but we just got up on them early and they couldn’t get anything going."

Christenson finished the game 7-for-12 for 145 yards and two touchdowns. Packard had three receptions for 79 yards and 92 yards rushing on six carries. Reidhead had 53 yards rushing on 10 carries, while Santos had 51 yards on 11 carries.

South Summit almost pitched a second-consecutive shutout, but Rhodes, who was held to six yards on five rushing attempts through the first three quarters, was able to bust an 86-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

"He had one play the whole game, but he’s explosive like that," Parker said. "We had him under 10 yards for the entire game. We had him pegged. The last two years we played them, he’s never really hurt us. Our kids have done a good job of containing him. I feel really good about the way the defense played. It was outstanding."

Now 3-1, the Wildcats head to North Sevier Friday where they’ll face the struggling 0-4 Wolves. Parker said South Summit must head south with one thing on its mind: business.

"We definitely have things we need to work on, and that’s what we need to do," he said. "We need to fix the little things, carry on and win the division. That’s what we want to do."


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