Wildcats football team keeps the Wolves at bay
Though the 2A football playoff quarterfinal game between South Summit and Enterprise took place on Halloween, the Wildcats didn’t receive much of a scare from the Wolves.
South Summit scored touchdowns on four of its first five possessions en route to a 28-7 halftime lead. The Wildcats eventually won the game 48-14.
After playing Millard on Oct. 15, it was 16 days before the Wildcats took the field again. Despite the lopsided score, South Summit coach Jerry Parker said it was pretty evident that the Wildcats hadn’t played in a while.
"We had a hard time knocking the rust off," he said. "We were slow on a lot of things. But the kids played hard. I’m really impressed with how hard they played."
But any time a team puts up 48 points, things are obviously going really well, Parker said.
"Offensively, we did some really good things," he said. "We had some long drives one of them started inside the 10, I think. We did a good job controlling the clock and getting first downs. Then we started scoring quickly. Overall, I thought we did a good job, other than the one turnover."
Quarterback Ty Jones got the scoring started for the Wildcats on a two-yard touchdown run. On the first play of the second quarter, running back Colby Averett scored on a two-yard run of his own. Then Bracken Santos took a handoff and ran four yards for a score.
The Wildcats’ final first-half touchdown came on a 33-yard touchdown pass from Jones to Ethan Miles.
Enterprise managed to get on the scoreboard just before intermission. On a crossing route across the middle of the field, a Wildcat defender slipped, leading to a 64-yard scoring play for the Wolves.
On South Summit’s first possession of the second half, Jones and Miles connected for another touchdown, this time from nine yards out. Miles now has two multi-touchdown games this season.
"His confidence is soaring and that’s been the issue," Parker said. "He’s always had the talent, but, before, his confidence wasn’t what it is now."
"He’s really breaking apart the defenses," Jones added. "He’s studied them and he’s finding open spots and calling for the ball. I try to get it to him and let him do the rest."
In fact, Jones continued, he’s feeling more comfortable in the passing game as a whole this season.
"Last year, I was sort of getting the hang of it," he said. "But now I know where [the receivers] are going to be and they’re there. I trust them and they trust me. We’ve come a long way."
"Ty reads the defense really well," Parker added. "Think about it he’s got to go up and read the front seven [on running plays] and then he’s got to turn around and read the back seven on [passing plays]. He does a wonderful job of that. For an option quarterback, he throws the ball really well off his reads."
The final two touchdowns for South Summit came on running plays a six-yard run by Santos and a 94-yard outburst from Isaac Tillett. Parker said he was happy Tillett found a way to score on Friday.
"I kept trying to get him the ball all game because I knew he could get to the end zone," he said. "I’m glad he got one."
After talking about Santos, who, in addition to rushing for two touchdowns also recovered a fumble and had an interception, Parker said the Wildcats have a bevy of weapons that will make them tough to stop.
"We have a team of MVPs," he said. "We have four or five kids that are better than anyone on any other team right now, so we should do big things."
The next test for South Summit (9-1) will be South Sevier (6-4) on Friday morning at Weber State University. Though the Wildcats won’t have home-field advantage this week, Parker isn’t worried.
"We’ve traveled a lot this year," he said. "We had an away schedule. We’ll be fine our kids travel well. We’ll be ready."
Jones said this week’s practices will be spent trying to get their timing back to where it was before the two-and-a-half-week break.
"It was good to get going and we started to get back into our rhythm a little bit this week," he said. "We’ve got to keep working on perfecting every little thing we do our basic plays, our passes and runs and we’ll be golden."
Friday’s game at Weber State starts at 11 a.m.
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