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Hansen overcomes dehydration

Daxton Hansen, right, chases down Grand quarterback Jacob Francis on Saturday in the 2A title game. Christopher Reeves/The Park Record

South Summit junior linebacker Daxton Hansen almost saw his dream season come to a premature end.

After suiting up for the first 11 games for the Wildcats, Hansen was hospitalized on Monday, Nov. 11, after football practice.

"It was dehydration, I guess," he said. "I don’t know just going and not stopping I guess. Not getting enough fluids."

With the Wildcats set to take on Grand County High School in the 2A title game that Saturday, Hansen was scared he’d have to watch the action from the sidelines.

"Oh man, it was my worst nightmare," he said. "When I was in that hospital, all I could think about was not playing."

Not only did Hansen play on Saturday in the Wildcats 42-8 thrashing of Grand, he had his best game of the year.

Midway through the second quarter, Grand quarterback Jacob Francis dropped back to pass. Hansen read the quarterback’s eyes and broke on the slant route, cutting in front of the receiver to snag an interception.

That interception led to seven points for the Wildcats, with junior quarterback Ty Jones sneaking it into the end zone and junior kicker Bracken Santos tacking on the extra point.

In the second half, Hansen was at it again. On Grand’s first third-quarter possession, he grabbed another interception. The Wildcats would again capitalize when senior Carson Freestone carried the ball across the goal line a few plays later.

Hansen, who is an integral part of the South Summit defense even when he isn’t grabbing interceptions, said shutting down the potent Grand offense was a group effort.

"It feels great, but you have to give it all to the team," he said. "I can’t do it by myself."

The South Summit defense had been dominant all year long, leading all of 2A by allowing only 76 total points by opponents entering Saturday’s title game. Holding Grand to only eight points (with those eight points coming against South Summit’s second-string defense late in the fourth quarter) was something Hansen couldn’t have imagined.

"Only in my dreams," he said. "But here they are dreams come true."

South Summit coach Jerry Parker said the linebacker’s effort has been outstanding all year, and can’t wait to see what he can do in his senior season.

"He’s a kid that’s been solid all year," Parker said. "He’s only a junior too, so we get him another year."

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