September 22, 2009
The South Summit varsity football team remains undefeated after a 35-14 homecoming victory over Grand on Friday.
Assistant coach Dan Eckert said the Wildcats were able to keep Grand scoreless in the first half of the game.
Eckert said the Wildcats struggled in the first half. He said the transitions from center to quarter back on the snaps were very shaky and the blocking was terrible.
"We had trouble picking up blitzes in the first half," he said. "Sometimes we try to do too much, we think too much and try to get too fancy. When we simplify it down, we’re a lot more effective with our execution of our offense."
Running back Neko Klus intercepted a pass for a 50-yard touchdown and quarterback Trevor Lewis threw two touchdown passes.
"We allowed (Manti) just over 200 yards of offense," he said.
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He said the kids aren’t making a big deal out of this victory.
"We’re just playing it kind of low key so the kids don’t get too hyped up," he said. "We’re just glad homecoming is over so now we can get back to a normal week."
The Wildcats are currently 5-0. However, Eckert said they’ve only played one Region game so far.
"We’re 1-0 in Region," he said. "We haven’t played anyone with our talent."
The Wildcats have four more Region games left to decide their placing in the playoffs. If they don’t win at least three of those, they won’t be the number 1 or 2 seat going into the playoffs.
"If you finish lower than that, you have to do an inter-region playoff," he said. "If you don’t win that game, you’re done."
Eckert said he’s confident the Wildcats will make it to State.
"We’re good enough to play for the championship game," he said. "At this point in the season, you can usually tell who the other teams are."
He said he believes South Summit, San Juan and South Sevier are the three front-runners for State. Defending champions North Summit have few returning starting players and are currently 0-5 for the season.
"North Summit will be a good game just because it’s the rival game," he said. "But our biggest game of the year is this Friday."
The Wildcats will face San Juan on Sept. 25 in an away game.
"That should be a preview of the State championship game," he said.
The next home game for the Wildcats is against North Sevier on Sept. 30.