North Summit football shuts out Layton
North Summit’s left-handed quarterback, Ryan McMichael, seemingly channeled his inner Steve Young, a former BYU left-hander who won three Super Bowls with the San Francisco 49ers, on Wednesday night against Layton Christian.
In a 41-0 shutout of the Eagles, McMichael, who usually pilots a run-first offense, threw for four touchdowns.
The scoring started when McMichael found Cameron Smith for a two-yard touchdown in the first quarter. Shortly after that, McMichael tossed a six-yard touchdown to Cason Deforest.
In the second quarter, Deforest, who also plays defensive end, picked up a fumble and ran 45 yards to pay dirt to give North Summit a 20-0 halftime lead.
In the third quarter, Carson Richins took a hand-off 28 yards for a score. Then McMichael got back in the action, connecting with Deforest on a 65-yard touchdown pass.
McMichael and Deforest weren’t quite done, though. In the fourth quarter, the duo hooked up for a final touchdown, this one on an 11-yard pass.
"Ryan threw it really well last night," North Summit coach Devin Smith said on Thursday. "He had good protection from the offensive line, too."
And, though Deforest had three touchdown catches, Smith said the entire passing game was clicking.
"Obviously Cason had a good game," he said. "But so did Cameron. We were able to distribute the ball around. It was nice to see that."
Smith said he was also happy with the defensive effort in the shutout, adding that he hopes to see more forced turnovers heading into the playoffs.
"I think we’ve got to always be very aggressive and have our heads up," he said. "You’ve got to be opportunistic and create those situations."
Wednesday night was also Senior Night for North Summit. Smith said he’s proud of the way this year’s class of seniors has improved over their tenure with the football program.
"I’m really proud of them, especially for bouncing back from a tough loss five days ago," he said. "Their effort they’ve given to the program has been awesome. They get along really well. They’re, as a group, very competitive and very determined."
Smith credits this year’s class with helping to turn the Braves back into the powerhouse they once were.
"They’ve experienced what it’s like to not be very good and they’ve experienced what it’s like to be good," he said. "They’ve made the decision as a group that they want to be as good as they can be. As a program, we owe a lot to them for their determination and hard work."
After finishing third in the 2A North region, the Braves will have a first-round playoff game next weekend. They’ll play either North Sevier or Parowan, depending on the outcome of a play-in game early next week.
But, Smith said, for a couple days, football will be the last thing on the Braves’ minds.
"With these next couple days, I told the kids to take a break," he said. "I told them to go hang out and not think about football for a couple days. Sometimes that’s as good a preparation as anything, as ironic as that might seem."
Then, he added, next week will start the serious preparation for the playoffs. There are still a few things Smith would like to shore up before the elimination rounds begin.
"We’ll try to be balanced offensively and stingy on defense," he said. "The turnover battle is always going to be a point of emphasis. One thing we’ve worked on the last couple weeks, and something we’ll continue to work on, is tackling the ball carrier on the initial hit."
North Summit finished the regular season with an overall record of 7-2 and a 4-2 record against 2A North opponents.
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