Wildcats football keeps rolling against ALA
September 22, 2015
After scoring 34 points in the first quarter last week against South Sevier, the South Summit High School football team again used a big opening quarter to spark a lopsided 52-9 victory on Friday night at American Leadership Academy.
A 19-yard run by Brady Bess, a 24-yard pass from Nick Beasley to Brandon Dansie (followed by a two-point conversion run from Parker Grajek), a five-yard run from Isaac Tillett and a 30-yard fumble return by Colton Crawford gave the Wildcats a 29-0 lead over the Eagles after 12 minutes of play.
ALA started the second quarter with a safety to cut South Summit’s lead to 29-2, but Matt Lee (15 yards) and Tillett (18 yards) both ran for touchdowns to give the Wildcats a 42-2 halftime advantage. Following the intermission, Tillett returned a punt 65 yards for a touchdown and Trey Hatch chipped in a field goal to offset a one-yard ALA touchdown run and give the Wildcats a 52-9 victory.
Despite the lopsided win, South Summit Coach Aaron Tillett said he thought the Wildcats should have played better on Friday night.
"Overall in the game, I thought we were pretty sloppy, especially offensively," he said. "We’re able to make up for a lot of that with our hustle — we get off the ball really well — and by forcing turnovers. We had three or four turnovers. Those sorts of things overcome a lot of our sloppiness, but we’re having a lot of problems being clean."
Though he wasn’t happy with the offensive execution, Tillett said scoring 52 points will win a lot of football games. Scoring in all three facets of the game — offense, defense and special teams — was what propelled the Wildcats on Friday.
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"I was happy with the variety of ways in which we scored," he said. "We had a punt return, a defensive score and spread the ball around offensively. That’s one reason we won so big. We didn’t play cleanly, but when you’re scoring on special teams and defense, the points rack up a lot quicker. That’s a really big positive. We can take a lot from that."
Still, Tillett added, it’ll be crucial for the Wildcats to sort things out next week at Gunnison. After that, South Summit’s schedule features three tough opponents in a row — at home against 2A runner-up Summit Academy, at Millard and at home against county-rival North Summit.
"Those are good football teams," he said. "We can’t make those mistakes. They’ll capitalize on them and we’ll be in big trouble. If we cleanly execute, we’ll be difficult to beat."
Defensively, Tillett said it was another solid effort. He said the defense probably would have earned a shutout, but was put in tough positions by the offense.
"They scored on our starting defense off a turnover," he said. "They started at like the 25-yard line. We ran one play in the third quarter because of turnovers. It was a running clock [because South Summit had such a big lead], but we still can’t do that."
This week, South Summit (5-0 overall, 1-0 in 2A North) travels to Gunnison (1-4 overall, 0-1 in 2A North) for another 2A North matchup. Tillett said he expects a businesslike week of practice from the Wildcats.
"It’s tough to convince a 17-year-old that, when you win 52-9, you still have work to do," he laughed. "We’re going to try to hold some of our guys a little bit more accountable. If they can’t do the things we’re asking in a more efficient manner, we’ll move on with some different guys. This week in practice, we’re going to be a little tighter and not let them get away with some of the things we have been."
Friday’s game at Gunnison is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. South Summit’s next home game is set for Friday, Oct. 2, and will be a rematch of the 2014 2A state championship game. The Wildcats will take on Summit Academy, with kickoff at 7 p.m.