South Summit football stifles Eagles 37-3
Early in Friday night’s game at Millard, the South Summit High School football team found itself in an unfamiliar position.
The Millard Eagles recovered an onside kick to start the game, marched down the field and kicked a field goal to take a 3-0 lead over the undefeated Wildcats.
But, on the ensuing possession, South Summit quickly regained momentum, scoring on a 78-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Nick Beasley to receiver Matt Lee on the Wildcats’ first play from scrimmage.
"We never looked back after that," South Summit Coach Aaron Tillett said. "That was a nice response."
The Wildcats found the end zone four more times after the opening score, three on runs by Beasley. Beasley’s scoring runs were from 25, 18 and 14 yards out. An 88-yard run by running back Isaac Tillett and a safety forced by the South Summit defense accounted for the Wildcats’ other points in taking a 37-3 halftime lead.
The second half proved to be a defensive battle, with neither team scoring as South Summit held on for the 37-3 victory.
"We were a little out of sync in the second half," Tillett said. "Millard played really aggressive and hard in the second half and we just didn’t have a lot of consistency. They made some really good plays on us and we stopped making any big plays. Give Millard a lot of credit for that."
Fortunately, Tillett said, the Wildcats were able to do plenty of scoring in the first half.
"We had some big plays," he said. "Nick Beasley threw some nice passes and ran the ball well. Isaac had some good long runs, too."
After taking a big lead at halftime, Tillett said the Wildcats may have taken their foot off the gas pedal a little bit.
"It’s a long trip down to Fillmore," he said. "Maybe we just wanted to get out of there. It’s a tough place to play and a tough environment."
With the victory, South Summit has now won 18 straight games, a school record. The Wildcats’ last loss came at Morgan in the second week of the 2014 season. Tillett said the record isn’t important to anyone on the team, but continuing to win this season is.
"Honestly, we haven’t been thinking much about [the streak]," he said. "As long as we keep winning, we don’t care what the number is. We’re just focused on winning every game this season. It’s one of those things that’s nice, but it’s not a relevant thing right now. It’ll be something to look back on later, but right now, we’re focused on North Summit."
Now South Summit (8-0 overall, 4-0 in 2A North) takes on county rival North Summit (6-2, 4-0) in a game that will decide the region title. Tillett said he and his team can’t wait for the challenge.
"It’s nice to play North Summit for all the marbles," he said. "It’s neat to have two teams in the county like this. The game is very meaningful. Everybody knows it’s not just another game, but that’s how you have to prepare. We’ve been doing all the things we do normally."
Tillett said ball control will be critical for both squads on Thursday night in Kamas.
"Obviously the key is turnovers, just like every game," he said. "If we can take care of the ball and make good decisions, I like our chances. I’m sure [North Summit] Coach [Devin] Smith would tell you the same thing — it really is that simple."
Thursday night’s game in Kamas is scheduled to kick off at 7 p.m. at South Summit High School.
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