South Summit football wins big again
September 29, 2015
Lopsided scores are becoming commonplace for the 6-0 South Summit High School football team. After a 54-0 win over South Sevier in week four and a 52-9 victory at American Leadership Academy in week five, the Wildcats again blew out an opponent on Friday night, picking up a 55-7 win at Gunnison.
The result of the game was never in doubt, as receiver Matt Lee returned the opening kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown and quarterback Nick Beasley connected with receiver Parker Grajek for a 10-yard touchdown pass to put the Wildcats ahead 13-0 through one quarter.
In the second quarter, Beasley hit running back Isaac Tillett on a 40-yard touchdown pass and Tillett found the end zone on a 20-yard run to put the Wildcats ahead 27-0. After Gunnison scored on a 35-yard pass, Beasley threw a 15-yard touchdown to receiver Alex Stockley to give South Summit a 34-7 halftime lead.
In the second half, running back Jordan Miller and Grajek had scoring runs to put the game even further out of reach for South Summit.
Though the Wildcats won big the previous week, Coach Aaron Tillett wasn’t happy with the team’s sloppy play. This week, he said, the execution was much better.
"We were a lot cleaner than we were [against ALA]," he said. "We’re coming into the last part of the season with some formidable teams on our schedule and we want to be on the uptick going into those games."
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Tillett said Beasley is proving more than capable of leading South Summit’s high-powered offense. He said the junior’s three touchdown passes Friday were a good sign for the future.
"We don’t really throw as a normal part of our offense," he said. "When we throw, we expect big plays. Nick really delivered on Friday night. That just helps us and makes us a little more dangerous. It forces teams to guard that back line."
Tillett said having Miller back in the mix at running back was nice, too. The senior had missed a few weeks with an injury prior to the Gunnison game.
"That’s big," Tillett said. "He’s playing some defense for us, too, and it gives us depth. It gives us more players in more spots."
Defensively, Tillett said the Wildcats continued to hold firm and play well.
"We’ve been good all year defensively," he said. "We held Gunnison to under 100 yards of total offense. They dropped a lot of footballs, which helped us a lot, but we put a lot of pressure on the quarterback and had good coverage."
Next week, South Summit (6-0 overall, 2-0 in 2A North) hosts Summit Academy (3-3, 1-1) in a rematch of last year’s 2A state title game, which the Wildcats won. Tillett said facing Gunnison’s spread offense was a great way to prepare for Summit Academy’s pass-heavy attack.
"If we can limit their passing game and limit big plays, we should be good," he said. "Offensively, we should be fine. We’re difficult to stop. But their quarterback has thrown for 1,500 yards and 15 touchdowns or something, so that’ll be a big challenge for our team. It should be fun."
Friday night’s homecoming game in Kamas is scheduled to start at 7 p.m.
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