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Wildcats heading back to state

Scott Nagle, For the Record

It’s official: The South Summit Wildcats will be playing for the 2A state championship against the San Juan Broncos at Southern Utah University this Saturday at 2 p.m.

It’s a rematch of last year’s championship game which the Broncos won 7-0 in blizzard-like conditions. The 10-1 Wildcats earned the right to play the 11-0 Broncos by defeating the Millard Eagles 38-7 this past Saturday at Pleasant Grove High School.

Earlier that day, San Juan defeated South Sevier in the 2A semifinals 37-0 to move onto the title game.

These two teams have built a great rivalry over the last two seasons.. San Juan has won the last three meetings, most recently a 26-6 Wildcat defeat at South Summit on Sept. 17.

This game gives the Wildcats another shot to dethrone the defending champions.

Saturday’s South Summit game was almost a duplicate of last year’s playoff romp over Millard as the Wildcats jumped out to a sizable lead in the first quarter while allowing the Eagles to score only one touchdown the entire game.

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Millard received the opening kickoff but could not move the ball against a fired-up Wildcat defense and had to punt.

The Wildcats took possession of the ball at the Millard 30-yard line and proceeded to drive down the field with quarterback Parker Anderson scoring from the 3-yard line.

The Wildcats got the ball right back after an Eagle fumble and again the offense scored on a 34-yard touchdown pass from Anderson to Jeff McCormick.

The Eagles finally got some offense going and drove down to the Wildcat 11-yard line where they were stopped on a 4th-and-goal.

On the next play, Hayden Packard took the handoff and raced 89 yards for another Wildcat score to make it 21-0 at the end of the first quarter.

On Millard’s next possession, the Eagles turned the ball over on an interception by Karson Crittenden that led to a Trevor Rydalch 24-yard field goal.

On South Summit’s next offensive series, a Wildcat fumble led to the Eagles’ only score to close the gap 24-7 with four minutes to go in the half. The Wildcats put together one more drive before halftime with Levi Thompson running over and around defenders on a magnificent 73-yard touchdown run to put the Wildcats up 31-7 at halftime.

The Eagles came out in the second half with an onside kick that they recovered, but could not move the ball against the stubborn Wildcat defense. Millard did have a chance to score in the fourth quarter moving the ball all the way to the Wildcat three-yard line, but could not punch in.

The Wildcats’ only score in the second half came on an Anderson six-yard run to make the final score 38-7.

Both the South Summit offensive and defensive lines turned in outstanding efforts on the afternoon. The offensive line created enormous holes to run through while the defensive line shut down Millard’s vaunted running attack.

"I am so proud how we came out and played in the first half," head coach Jerry Parker said. "It just set the tone for the entire game, but give Millard credit, they kept playing hard to the very end."

South Summit plays San Juan for the 2010 Utah 2A State Football Championship at SUU this Saturday at 2 p.m.