South Summit football shuts out South Sevier
September 15, 2015
Friday night’s game between the South Summit High School football team and South Sevier in Kamas was seemingly over before it even started. The Wildcats scored early and often, reaching the end zone five times in the first quarter alone, while cruising to an easy 54-0 victory.
On the game’s first possession, South Summit quarterback Nick Beasley connected with Isaac Tillett for a 60-yard touchdown pass. Tillett would find his way to the end zone several times on Friday, as he also scored on 31-, 30-, 14- and 13-yard runs. Porter Fitzgerald scored on a one-yard run in the first quarter and Beasley and Parker Grajek hooked up for a nine-yard score in the first 12 minutes, too.
In the second quarter, Brady Bess got in on the scoring action, finding the end zone on a 25-yard run. After taking a 54-0 lead shortly after halftime, the Wildcats took their foot off the gas pedal and didn’t score in the fourth quarter of the rout.
South Summit Coach Aaron Tillett said everything was working for the Wildcats on Friday night.
"We just seemed to be firing on all cylinders," he said. "We prepare for every game, so we felt good about what we wanted to do. Then the kids just went out and did it."
Tillett credited a huge field-position advantage as the spark plug for the Wildcats’ first-quarter success.
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"Especially in the first half, [South Sevier was] inside the 20 every time they got the ball," he said. "They shanked a few of their punts, as well, so we had a short field most of the night. That was a real factor in the quick start."
Special teams units are often overlooked, Tillett said, but South Summit’s kickoff coverage team deserved recognition after Friday’s rout.
"Our special teams coach is always preaching that that’s what special teams is all about — taking advantage of field position," he said. "Our kick coverage team was outstanding all night. They had several returns and we kicked off a lot. I’m really going to give our kickoff team some kudos — they were great."
When the South Summit special teams allows the Wildcat defense plenty of room to operate, shutouts aren’t all that surprising, Tillett added. Offensively, he said he was happy with how many different players found the end zone on Friday night.
"We love the balance," he said. "Brady had [a touchdown] called back as well. Parker had a really nice catch and Porter popped one in. We’re doing some fullback-by-committee right now and that’s helping us a lot."
With five touchdowns, Isaac Tillett was the star of the game. Aaron Tillett credits his son’s speed for helping him reach pay dirt so often.
"His speed was the big factor there," he said. "They couldn’t contain it. A lot of teams don’t realize how fast he actually is until they get on the field."
Beasley’s two touchdown passes were part of an efficient aerial attack from South Summit, which Tillett said is exactly what he wants to see from the junior.
"Nick was efficient," he said. "To us, it’s not about yardage, or even touchdowns. It’s about efficiency. I think he completed four or five passes, two for touchdowns. We’ll take that every time."
Tillett said the Wildcats don’t want to be a high-volume passing team — they want to be able to use the pass as a change of pace to fool defenses.
"We want to pass because we want to pass, not because we have to pass," he said. "We can be dangerous that way. That’s the way it was last year, too."
Heading into next week’s 2A North opener at American Leadership Academy (3-1), South Summit (4-0) is feeling confident after a strong non-region performance. Tillett said the Wildcats are ready to start playing in games that count toward playoff seeding.
"They feel really good," he said of the players. "We feel we have as much a shot [to win region] as anybody, and that’s all we really ask. We should be in a great position to win some games."
The important thing, Tillett added, is to prepare for every game like it’s the state championship game. He said the Wildcats can’t afford to overlook any opponent, especially one as improved as ALA.
"They’re better," he said. "They’re coming along. We’re going to have to see what we can do. We just need to make sure we don’t let this week get in our heads. We can’t say ALA is going to roll over. We’re going to get everybody’s best game from here on out."
Friday night’s game at ALA is scheduled to kick off at 7 p.m. The Wildcats will return home on Friday, Oct. 2, for a game against Summit Academy.