Braves shut out Altamont
The North Summit High School football team started the 2013 season with a bang on Friday night, taking down 1A Altamont 41-0 on the road.
After jumping out to a 34-0 halftime lead, the Braves cruised to the easy victory, showing signs of what’s to come this season.
North Summit coach Devin Smith said he’s proud of the way his team looked on both sides of the ball in Week 1.
"I thought we executed very well," he said. "Our kids were excited for the chance to play. They’ve been working hard in practice."
Quarterback Ryan McMichael fired a 10-yard pass to Baltazar Martinez to start the scoring in the first quarter, with Carson Richins adding a 28-yard touchdown run in the opening frame.
Austin Richins plowed across the goal line from one yard out and Josh Birk had a two-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. Birk also caught a 40-yard touchdown pass from McMichael before halftime.
Nick Rees added a 10-yard touchdown run in the third quarter to complete the scoring.
Smith said he was happy with the balance his offense showed.
"I thought we had a good mix of run and pass," he said. "And that’s our plan."
He added that the defense was equally sharp all night long.
"Defensively, we played really well we forced four turnovers and they never threatened to score," he said.
Because of the lopsided score, Smith said the Braves had the chance to see how some of the backups performed in game situations.
"We got every single guy on our team a chance to play," he said. "We got to see some of our depth. It was a good opportunity to see what our guys had."
After finishing with a 2-8 record last year, Smith said the Braves are happy with where they’re at so far this year.
"It’s a real confidence booster," he said. "It brings the kids together. Confidence plays a big role in anything you do."
But, he added, they can’t take it easy in practice this week.
"Obviously, we want to fine tune some things," he said. "There were things our offensive line missed that we’re going to work on this week. I’m really happy with the way we played, but we don’t want to become complacent or satisfied."
The Braves host Duchesne in their home opener on Friday. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
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