South Summit football shuts down Wolves
November 4, 2015
It took nearly the entire first quarter for the South Summit High School football team to get going during Friday afternoon’s 2A playoff quarterfinal game against Enterprise in Kamas. But when the Wildcats finally started rolling, they found the end zone often in a 42-0 rout of the Wolves.
The Wolves’ offense never looked comfortable as they turned the ball over five times and struggled to block the Wildcats’ pass rushers. Meanwhile, South Summit quarterback Nick Beasley and the Wildcat offense found a rhythm and scored six touchdowns.
South Summit Coach Aaron Tillett said he was pleased with the way the Wildcats rebounded after a slow first quarter.
"You never know how you’re going to come back after two weeks off [due to a first-round bye]," he said. "We started a little shaky. We were on our heels and made a couple little mistakes, but we played through it and played hard."
Beasley threw for four touchdowns Friday afternoon — two to receiver Brady Bess from 12 and two yards out, a 30-yard strike to receiver Parker Grajek and a 27-yarder to running back Isaac Tillett. Beasley also had a five-yard touchdown run. Tillett scored the other South Summit touchdown on a 24-yard sprint to the end zone.
Aaron Tillett said the Wildcats’ quick-strike passing game was operating as smoothly as it has all year.
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"When we throw the ball, it’s not for five yards and possession-type stuff," he said. "When we put the ball in the air, it’s to make something big happen. When [Beasley] put it in the air, we made some big plays out of it. Nick had another great game. That’s all we ask of him — take care of the ball and lead us down the field."
Though Beasley was the star Friday, he said it was simply his turn to make plays as the Wolves focused on shutting down other areas of the offense.
"When we pass, it opens everything up," he said. "And we’re all perfectly fine with sharing the stats."
Having such a solid defense behind him makes him feel more confident throwing the ball, he added.
"We could have scored three points in this game and still won," he said. "When you have a defense like that, it’s pretty tough to lose."
Tillett said the Wildcats came in with a similar game plan to what they used against Summit Academy earlier this season and it worked to perfection.
"[The Summit Academy game] was a great chance for us to prepare for a team like this," he said. "We had a nice plan to try to confuse [Enterprise]. They didn’t know when we were bringing pressure and when we were covering and I think it worked pretty well today."
Next up for South Summit (10-0 overall) is a rematch against San Juan (7-3), a team the Wildcats beat 26-7 in the first week of the season. The semifinal matchup will be held in Cedar City at Southern Utah University.
With a 20-game winning streak and a quest for a third-straight 2A state title to protect, Tillett said South Summit will take a business-as-usual attitude into Saturday’s game.
"We get an extra day to prepare since it’s on Saturday, which always helps," he said. "We’ve done it before, so we know what we need to do."
Beasley added that the Wildcats need to keep preparing the way they have all year long.
"I don’t think we have to do anything special," Beasley said. "We just have to come out and play our game, just like we always do. We don’t need big, huge plays, we just need to do what we always do."
Though the Wildcats expect to win, Tillett said he and the players are trying to enjoy the journey as much as possible.
"Sometimes you forget how special winning is, so we try to preach that," he said. "Winning is a special thing that doesn’t just happen."
Saturday’s game at Southern Utah University is scheduled to kick off at 11 a.m.
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