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Wildcats fly by Millard

Scott Nagle, For the Record

With a 46-0 win over Beaver, the South Summit High School football team advanced to the semifinals of the 2010 2A football championships to face Millard High School this Saturday at Pleasant Grove High School. Game time is 2 p.m.

Millard advanced by coming from behind to beat a tough Grand team, winning in overtime, 21-14. The winner will face either San Juan or South Sevier in the 2A state finals, which will be played Nov. 13 at Southern Utah University.

The excitement for the Wildcats began on the opening kickoff when the team recovered a Beaver fumble. South Summit quarterback Parker Anderson scored a few plays later on a one-yard run.

On the next series, Beaver was unable to get anything going offensively, and had to punt it away.

South Summit proceeded to drive the ball down the field with Hayden Packard darting the last 40 yards for the score. Early in the second quarter, the Wildcats scored again on a 16-yard pass from Anderson to Harrison Littledike.

The Wildcats played outstanding defense, allowing the Beavers only four first downs in the first half and intercepting two passes as well. This led to another Packard score from four yards out to give the Wildcats a 25-0 lead at halftime.

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On the first play from scrimmage of the second half, Anderson scampered 88 yards for a touchdown. South Summit got the ball right back on a Beaver fumble and three plays later Levi Thompson scored from 12 yards out to make it 39-0.

The Wildcats would score one more time before the fourth quarter, with Packard weaving his way en route to a 61-yard touchdown. Whether it was lack of concentration or tough defense, both teams combined for a total of 10 turnovers in the game, with the Wildcats accounting for six of them.

Outstanding performances were turned in by Anderson who ran for two scores and passed for another; Packard, who had three touchdowns and over 100 yards rushing for the game; and Thompson, who had one score and over 100 yards in total offense.

Defensively, Cody Angell had another stellar game with three tackles for losses. Brayden Powers and Anderson, each had an interception.

"Our defensive backs played outstanding," said defensive coach Aaron Tillett. "I haven’t broken the film down yet, but after briefly watching it, I can honestly say this was a total team effort."

The 9-1 Wildcats now face a very young and talented Millard team.

The Eagles have won eight straight games after starting the year at 0-2. They are led by two outstanding running backs in Francisco Alcala and Jesse Rhodes, while Jeremy Aleman and Troy Ashton are the leading tacklers on defense.

Last year, South Summit jumped all over Millard early in the quarterfinal game, which ended as a 45-6 Wildcat win.