Football all-state teams named
The Deseret News recently announced its football all-state teams and, after strong campaigns from each of Summit County’s three teams, it’s no surprise to see familiar names sprinkled across the rosters.
In 2A, South Summit (three first-team, four second-team and two honorable mentions) and North Summit (four first-team, three second-team and two honorable mentions) each had nine players recognized. Meanwhile, in 3AA, Park City landed three players on the second team and two on the honorable mentions roster.
For South Summit, Isaac Tillett, Porter Fitzgerald and Skyler McCormick led the way, earning first-team all-state honors. Tillett had 1,791 yards of total offense and 25 touchdowns. He also racked up 58 tackles in the secondary. Fitzgerald amassed 187 tackles and had four sacks as a linebacker. As a running back, he scored five touchdowns. McCormick picked up 56 tackles and had 11 sacks for the year.
For North Summit, first-team honoree Tristan Woolstenhulme had 1,225 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns. Tight end/defensive end Carter Wardrop had 190 receiving yards and 68 tackles. Offensive and defensive lineman Braden Richins had 83 tackles and two sacks and twin brother Mason Richins had 92 tackles and four sacks.
Park City’s second-team nominations were Spencer Zur, Collin Zur and Eli Alford. South Summit’s Nick Beasley, Matt Lee, Jared Blazzard and Colton Crawford and North Summit’s Rand Pentz, Logan Rex and Luke Keisel received second-team honors.
Park City’s Parker Shea and Cameron Maddux, South Summit’s Brady Bess and Zack Dellagnola and North Summit’s Jayce Richins and Jace Hirzel were all-state honorable mentions.
North Summit Coach Devin Smith wasn’t surprised to see three of the Braves’ starting defensive linemen on the 2A first team.
"Right from the beginning of the season, I said that was going to be one of our strengths," he said. "That turned out to be the case. I’m really proud of those kids."
In Kamas, McCormick was among the 2A leaders in sacks. South Summit Coach Aaron Tillett said it was nice to have the senior anchoring two different units.
"It’s hard to get stats on the offensive line, but obviously our rushing yards and points scored are on the backs of our offensive line and Skyler led that group," he said. "Those guys are always going to be missed."
It was a good year for Summit County running backs, with Tillett and Woolstenhulme finishing among the top 2A rushers.
"[Woolstenhulme] is an extremely hard worker and a very good leader," Smith said. "To have a season like he had and to have some of the other juniors play so well, it’s exciting. I know it’s only December, but we’re excited for next year."
Though North Summit is one of the smallest 2A schools, Smith said it’s not surprising the Braves were able to land nine players on all-state teams.
"Football means a lot to this community," he said. "There are a lot of kids who want to be good and pay the price to be good. We get a lot of community support and it shows."
Tillett will not return to the South Summit sidelines next season, but he said next year’s coach will have plenty to work with.
"Next year’s team, I think they have great potential to do very well," he said. "There will be a lot more young players than we’ve had the past few years on varsity. The young players are really talented, though, so the future looks bright for South Summit."
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