Braves shut out at home |

Braves shut out at home

Trevor Hale bursts through the defense in a game earlier this season. Christopher Reeves/The Park Record

After scoring 69 total points in back-to-back wins the last two weeks, the North Summit football team hit a road block on Friday night at home against a tough Millard squad.

Despite holding their opponents to just 10 points, the Braves were unable to put any points on the board, losing 10-0 and falling to 3-2 on the season.

North Summit coach Devin Smith said the Braves were their own worst enemy on Friday night.

"I think it was more of what we weren’t doing rather than what they were doing," he said. "We didn’t move the ball well and we struggled offensively with execution."

A problem that has plagued North Summit all season long fumbling reared its ugly head again against Millard.

"We put it on the ground six times, losing it three times," Smith said. "It’s an ongoing battle that we’re going to keep trying to fix."

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After two straight victories in which the Braves won the turnover battle, they couldn’t keep the streak going. Smith said when the Braves lose the turnover battle, they have a hard time winning against any opponent.

"We not only lose it, but we lose it mightily," he said. "We’re going to have to get that under control."

Overall, though, Smith said the game wasn’t a total loss. He was very pleased with the play of the North Summit defense.

"Our defense was tremendous," he said. "They got their field goal because of one of our turnovers deep in our territory. And then they hit a deep fade route right before halftime. We actually had more yards offensively than they did."

Now, North Summit must regroup quickly before traveling to play South Sevier (2-3) in a 2A North/2A South matchup. Smith said the Braves won’t even begin getting into specifics about South Sevier until a few key issues are cleared up.

"We’re going to spend more time this week worried about North Summit," he said. "We’ve got to make sure we’re getting ourselves better."

But, Smith acknowledged, he and his players do have some sort of idea what they’ll be facing this weekend.

"They have some good athletes," he said. "Their quarterback is a good athlete and they have a great tight end with some good size."

After a hot start to the year, Smith said his squad isn’t interested in falling back to .500.

"This is a game we really want to win," he said.

Friday’s game is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. at South Sevier High School.