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Wildcats looking to declaw Eagles

Christopher Kamrani, Of the Record staff

Halloween 2009 was a terrifying one for the Millard Eagles.

The Eagles were dismantled 45-6 by a South Summit in a playoff game last season.

Millard has a rematch in this year’s 2A state semifinals against the Wildcats Saturday.

South Summit is coming off a 46-0 thrashing of Beaver in the quarterfinals, and has its focus on advancing to a second-straight 2A state championship game.

The Wildcats will have their work cut out for them, though.

The 8-2 Eagles scrapped their way past a Grand team that was picked to make some noise in the top-heavy 2A playoffs. Millard won 21-14 in overtime at home in Fillmore.

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South Summit’s defensive line will be in for a long day as the run-heavy offense of the Eagles will be on the attack.

Millard has two featured tailbacks in Jesse Rhodes and Francisco Alcala who have rushed for over 2,100 yards and 26 touchdowns combined.

The Wildcats’ defense is one of the best in the state in giving up a mere 10.1 points per game, but South Summit’s versatile offense will be asked to take some pressure off the defense that will be no doubt in a grind throughout.

Running back Levi Thompson has rushed for 1,084 yards this season on 114 carries resulting in 16 touchdowns, but has some help offensively.

In last week’s quarterfinal win, Wildcats’ Hayden Packard rushed for three touchdowns.

Defensive back and wideout Trevor Rydalch is an ace in the hole as he has contributed from numerous spots on the field, and is a dangerous kick returner for the Wildcats.

Saturday’s semifinal showdown is at 2 p.m. at Pleasant Grove High School. The winner of the game will advance to the 2A state finals to face either San Juan or the Cinderella team of 2A football, 3-8 South Sevier.