The Red Devils football team lost an epic 6-7 defensive battle at home against the South Summit Wildcats on Friday, Sept. 6, in a rematch of the 2018 state championship.
The Wildcats won the previous contest 50-25. Expectations and emotions among the home crowd and players were palpable. Grand County lost a heartbreaker but was not crushed under the weight of the football goliath that is South Summit.
South Summit is a team notorious for converting fourth downs into first and 10. The Wildcats like to go for it; they become far more physically aggressive and daring when faced with a fourth down.
At the 6:15 mark in the first quarter, the Wildcats were on the move, with their eye on the end zone. The Red Devil defense put the kibosh to their plan on a fourth and 13 stop – a defensive stand that would establish the theme.
South Summit refused to concede the ball until they ran out of downs. The Red Devils stepped up and pushed back harder on third and fourth downs. Grand County recovered a fumble in the first, which dramatically boosted morale and energized the crowd.
The defense played a strong game, and South Summit did not come close to scoring until there were 8 minutes and 30 seconds left in the fourth quarter, when they scored a touchdown and extra point. Grand got the ball back but turned it over on downs. Time expired on the Red Devils, putting their record at 2-2.
Dante Wells had a field goal in the second quarter and a 37-yard field goal as time expired in the third. Wells’ punting skills have noticeably improved since last season, and he twice pinned South Summit deep in their own territory.
The Red Devils are scheduled to play the North Sanpete Hawks in Mt. Pleasant on Friday, Sept. 13.