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Wildcats trounce PCHS

Colby Averett plows through the Park City defense. Averett scored three touchdowns in South Summit's 44-0 win over the Miners. Christopher Reeves/The Park Record
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South Summit senior defensive back Jordan McNair forgot to bring his uniform to school on Friday morning before the Wildcats took on Park City High School.

His coach, Jerry Parker, wasn’t surprised by that, saying McNair is a forgetful kid sometimes.

But he certainly didn’t forget how to play football.

With a light rain falling in Kamas on Friday night, McNair snagged three interceptions in the first half and returned one 60 yards for a touchdown during South Summit’s 44-0 rout of the Miners.

"Sometimes he forgets to bring things to practice, like parts of his uniform," Parker said. "But, by heck, he played great tonight. He’s got a lot of talent and if we get him focused, he’s going to be tough."

McNair’s three interceptions accounted for half of the six turnovers the Wildcats forced in the first half five interceptions and a fumble.

McNair said he was just glad he was up to the challenge when the Miners kept throwing his way.

"I was just going with the flow," he said. "Everything felt good."

He credited his teammates for helping him score the touchdown.

"It was right in my hands and I just took off," he said. "I had blockers in front of me and everything went great."

Offensively, the Wildcats’ ground attack was rolling all night long. Junior Colby Averett pounded the ball into the end zone three times, from one yard, four yards and 23 yards out.

"Colby’s a stud," Parker said. "He’s a player on both sides of the ball. He’s our main man and he gets it done. He’s fantastic to coach and he’s a great team player and he’s only a junior."

Junior quarterback Ty Jones started the scoring with a one-yard quarterback sneak late in the first quarter before eventually leaving the game with an injury.

"He got dinged up a little bit on his ankle," Parker said. "We just want to make sure he’s sound for next week."

Sophomore Isaac Tillett stepped in at quarterback in the second half and showed off the speed that made him an outstanding track athlete last year.

"He did a wonderful job," Parker said. "That’s a lot of pressure on a young kid and he stepped in and did a great job."

On a 30+-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter, Tillett made several Miners miss and simply outran others en route to the goal line.

"He has wheels," Parker said. "He can fly."

South Summit kicker Harley Georgi was sharp on Friday night as well, knocking five of his six extra point attempts through the uprights and also nailing a 36-yard field goal shortly before halftime.

Parker said the Wildcats executed the game plan perfectly.

"I knew that if we could get up early, it would be hard on them," he said.

But, he added, he knows Park City is a better team than what it showed on Friday.

"They’ve got a lot of athletes over there and they’re going to be fine," he said. "They’ll figure it out."

Park City coach Mike Shepherd said the Miners need to figure things out quickly to save this season.

"Honestly, we have a long way to go," he said. "We’re not making excuses, but we really haven’t had time to get all the practice in that we needed to be prepared for this game, and it showed."

He added that practice will be more urgent this week leading up to Park City’s game against Minico at Idaho State University this Saturday.

"The problem is we’re way behind where we should be," he said. "We keep talking about baby steps, but we need to take big steps now. We have to practice harder. We have to condition more. We have to practice with the intent of getting better quickly."

South Summit will take on Morgan at home on Friday night, with kickoff scheduled for 7 p.m.

Averett said beating Park City was nice, but there is still work to do to accomplish all of the Wildcats’ goals.

"It was a pretty special win," he said. "We found out who the best team in the county is. But we’ve got to focus on Morgan."

Parker added that there are plenty of areas where the Wildcats need to improve, but he’s proud of the way his team performed in Week 1.

"I’m very happy," he said. "Any time you can beat anybody in Summit County, it’s a good thing."


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