Wildcats football team blanks Layton Christian
So far this season, South Summit High School running back Colby Averett hasn’t been the dominant force he was a year ago. That’s not to say he hasn’t been playing a big role for the Wildcats, of course it’s just that opposing teams have been focusing so much on stopping him that it’s opened up scoring opportunities for guys like Ty Jones, Bracken Santos, Isaac Tillett and Quinn Zimmerman.
But, on Friday afternoon at Layton Christian, Averett had one of the explosive games South Summit fans are used to seeing, scoring three touchdowns and adding a two-point conversion for good measure in the Wildcats’ 45-0 victory.
Averett got the scoring started in the first quarter, finding the end zone on an eight-yard run. Then, after a 21-yard touchdown pass from Jones to Santos, Averett ran for the two-point conversion.
The biggest play of Friday’s game, however, happened just before halftime, with the Wildcats leading 21-0. Deep in their own territory, Jones found Averett on a check-down pass and the running back took it 95 yards for a touchdown to give South Summit a 28-0 halftime advantage.
"We ran a bootleg and they had the quarterback sniffed out," South Summit coach Jerry Parker said. "Ty ducked under the tackler and found Colby in the flat and Colby took it all the way."
In the third quarter, Averett scored on a nine-yard run to put the final touches on his 179-yard rushing performance.
Ty Jones scored on a three-yard run in the first quarter and threw a 26-yard pass to Ethan Miles in the third quarter for the Wildcats’ other two touchdowns. Harley Georgi kicked an 18-yard field goal in the fourth quarter for the game’s final points.
After several games in which the Wildcats relied on explosive plays to find the end zone, Parker said this week’s slow, possession-style offense really benefited Averett.
"He was playing out of his mind that game," he said. "Our offense was on the field longer, with longer drives. That really helps Colby. Before, we’d either score really quickly or turn the ball over."
Overall, Parker said he was happy with the team’s performance, especially the fact that the defense recorded its first shutout of the season.
"We worked at it pretty hard," he said of the shutout. "We were geared up to get one. Our defensive backs did a wonderful job. We were aggressive and didn’t have any major mistakes."
He stopped short, however, of saying the defense was firing on all cylinders.
"It seems like it, but you never know," he said. "We’re just focused on doing a good job every game."
Offensively, ball security and limiting penalties are the two biggest areas of concern for Parker.
"I thought we played pretty well," he said. "We’re still getting a lot of holding penalties, though. If we could clean that up, we’d be in good shape. And we need to take care of the football. We had two turnovers and they had two turnovers. We’re not getting enough takeaways per game."
Next up for the Wildcats is a tough test against county rival North Summit, the defending 2A North region champions. The Braves came to Kamas and shocked the eventual 2A state champion Wildcats last season, so Parker’s squad is itching to avenge that loss this year.
"They’re extremely excited," he said. "It’s been a year and we’re looking forward to it. They played really well against us last year and they got us. More than anything, we have to go in there mentally tough. We get their ‘A’ game every time we play them."
Though excitement is high this week, Parker said he and the coaching staff want the players to channel that emotion in a positive manner.
"We’re putting a lot of emphasis on controlling our emotion," he said. "We want to harness our emotion and use it to our advantage. If we can do that, we’ll be all right."
Friday’s showdown between the Braves and Wildcats in Coalville is scheduled to kick off at 7 p.m.
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