Wildcats remain unbeaten
September 24, 2013
After forcing a punt on Summit Academy’s first possession on Friday night in Kamas, the South Summit football team drove the ball down the field for a touchdown.
The Wildcats never looked back, scoring touchdowns on their first five possessions en route to a 57-6 homecoming victory.
Everything was going right for South Summit on Friday, including the passing attack, something coach Jerry Parker has been stressing in practice for several weeks.
"I really felt like we played extremely well," he said. "We were clicking on both sides of the ball. [The passing game] has been a point of emphasis for three weeks now. It just takes longer to get that going for some reason. But it was working well this week."
Quarterback Ty Jones said maintaining a balanced offense will be a big focus the rest of the season.
"[Passing] was my main focus all week," he said. "We just worked on completions and getting the receivers in the end zone. [Balance] helps tons. It keeps it a fair game on both sides. When we run it, run it, run it, they start going for the run. When we can throw it out, it keeps them on their toes defensively."
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Jones started the scoring with a 17-yard touchdown run. He added a 24-yard scoring run early in the second quarter. Running back Colby Averett also had a big game, scoring on an 11-yard run and a 60-yard burst in the first half.
Jones’s focus on finding receivers in the end zone was evident as well. He found Jordan McNair for a 55-yard score before halftime and added a 13-yard touchdown pass to Victor Thornton in the third quarter.
"I’m all for spreading the ball around and getting everybody involved," Parker said. "We’ll take what the defense gives us."
Defensively, free safety Steven Flinders had a big night, intercepting two passes and returning one 50 yards for a touchdown.
"He’s started at free safety for two years now," Parker said. "He’s not the fastest or most athletic guy out there, but he does his job extremely well. It was nice to see that pay off with a couple picks."
Jones said Friday night’s blowout, which gave South Summit a 5-0 record for the season, was just another day at the office for the Wildcats.
"We just went out there and did what we’ve been doing," he said. "We practiced all week for that and we felt confident out there."
He added that picking up such a big win on homecoming night made it even more special.
"It’s nuts," he said. "It’s an amazing feeling."
The Wildcats will hit the road to take on Gunnison this Friday night. Parker said South Summit will have to prepare to face an aggressive offense.
"Gunnison is big and they can score quick," he said. "We’ve got to make sure we’re able to stop the pass. We’re going to keep the focus on our defensive backs. They’ve been playing extremely well."
Jones added that the Wildcats need to make sure they don’t get caught overlooking an opponent.
"We’ve got to keep taking it week by week, day by day," he said. "We’ll focus on the next one and won’t overlook it."
Friday night’s game is set to begin at 7 p.m. in Gunnison.
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