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Wildcats ranked No. 1 in DNews’ poll

Matthew Piper, OF THE RECORD STAFF

Prior to South Summit High School’s football opener against the Altamont Longhorns on Friday, the team was ranked No. 1 in the state in Class 2A by the Deseret News.

The team went through double sessions of practice last week before its annual green/white scrimmage on Saturday, and coaches were eager and excited to get the season underway, according to an e-mail from assistant coach Scott Nagle.

The Wildcats beat No. 3-ranked Grand in the semifinals of last year’s state playoffs before losing to No. 2 San Juan 7-0 in the state final. Both opponents are in Class 2A’s East Division with South Summit and will face off against the Wildcats in the regular season in weeks five and nine.

South Summit’s talented senior class is led by 2009 all-state players Levi Thompson (linebacker, running back), Trevor Rydalch (safety, running back, kicker), Cody Angell (defensive tackle, offensive lineman) and Chance Field (linebacker, offensive lineman).

Other two-way senior starters include Parker Anderson (quarterback, cornerback), Harrison Littledike (defensive end, wide receiver), Brayden Powers (cornerback, wide receiver), Jake McCormick (linebacker, offensive lineman), Karson Crittendon (linebacker, running back), Colton Christensen (defensive tackle, offensive lineman) and Jordan Page (defensive end, offensive lineman).

Colton Thornton, Darren Lance, Connor Prescott, Jeff McCormick, Jay Reidhead and Porter Santos are also expected to make significant contributions.

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Last year, South Summit had the No. 2-ranked scoring offense in Class 2A with 368 points, while its top-rated defense allowed just 112 points in 13 games. The Wildcats, coached by Jerry Parker, lose just four starters on the defensive side of the ball.