North Summit football downs Summit Academy on the road |

North Summit football downs Summit Academy on the road

On Friday night at Summit Academy, the North Summit High School football team took another big step toward securing a great playoff position. Squaring off against the 2014 2A state runners-up, the Braves controlled the line of scrimmage offensively and defensively while battling their way to a 28-13 road victory.

On paper, running back Tristan Woolstenhulme was the star, amassing 288 rushing yards and scoring three touchdowns to lead North Summit.

Though Woolstenhulme racked up impressive individual stats, North Summit Coach Devin Smith said the big road win was a total team effort.

"Our line played really well," he said. "[Woolstenhulme] would be the first one to tell you that. He ran really hard and, after he hit those holes, he made some big plays. Our offensive line, especially in the second half, was as good as I’ve seen them all year, and [quarterback] Braxten [Northrup] is doing a great job of managing our offense right now."

Woolstenhulme started the scoring in the first quarter with a 12-yard run. Gonzalo Portillo then kicked a 35-yard field goal to give North Summit a 10-0 advantage after 12 minutes of play.

In the second quarter, the Braves’ defense scored some points of its own when Jayce Richins scooped up a Summit Academy fumble and ran 67 yards for a touchdown. Summit Academy scored on a one-yard run before halftime, though, to cut North Summit’s lead to 16-7 heading into the intermission.

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In the third quarter, Woolstenhulme scored on a 45-yard run before Summit Academy found the end zone via a five-yard pass to send the game into the final quarter with North Summit leading 22-13. Woolstenhulme scored on a 61-yard run to ice the game in the fourth quarter and give the Braves a 28-13 victory.

Defense continues to be North Summit’s strength, Smith said. He added that it’s nice to see the Braves scoring both defensively and on special teams.

"The fumble return for a touchdown was a huge spark for us," he said. "It was a great play and it was just what we needed at the time. Any time you can get a special teams or defensive play like that, it’s a bonus, a cherry on top."

This week, North Summit (4-2 overall, 2-0 in 2A North) hosts Millard (3-3, 1-1) on Friday night. Smith said the Braves will need to play tough to come away with a win.

"[Millard is] very physical like they always are," he said. "They have big, strong kids and their quarterback is very athletic. It’s going to be a good, old-fashioned, smash-mouth football game."

Friday night’s game in Coalville is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. at North Summit High School.