High school football: South Summit Wildcats 2013 preview
With Manti no longer in the 2A North region, the league title will likely be a two-team race between South Summit and Millard. The two square off in the regular-season finale at Millard on Oct. 18. Last season the Wildcats easily won 30-7.
South Summit Wildcats at a glance
Coach: Jerry Parker is entering his 12th overall season as head coach at South Summit, even though it’s been over two stints. A graduate of South Summit, Parker’s career coaching record is 71-48.
(3 returning starters; option offense)
The Wildcats led all of 2A last season averaging 37 ppg, and even though the majority of those skill-position players graduated, don’t expect much of a drop-off. Keyton Gines, Isaac Tillett, Colby Averett and Carson Freestone could all have great years running the ball, while Ty Jones has the potential to emerge as a great quarterback both running and throwing the ball. All of them will benefit from a talented offensive line headlined by Brad Richins, Breydon Crystal, Victory Thornton and Ty Clegg.
(4 returning starters)
South Summit has a run defense that should be able to hold most teams in check. The secondary is the biggest question mark, according to coach Parker, with questions at cornerback. Steven Flinders, however, has the potential to be an asset at free safety. Colby Averett will anchor the linebacking corps, while Crystal, Richins and Thornton will be just as dominant on the offensive line as they are on the defensive line. Caden Christenson will be another strong linebacker for the Wildcats after he serves a two-game suspension.
Coaches preseason 2A North straw poll: First
Deseret News 2A North prediction: First
Bottom line: Bigger, stronger and faster than a year ago, expectations are sky high for the Wildcats heading into the 2013 season. South Summit has been a contender the past four years, but it always ran into better teams like San Juan and Manti in the playoffs. This season, however, on paper it’s the most talented team in 2A. The only thing holding this team back is leadership, something coach Parker seemed pretty concerned about last month.
South Summit coaching history
2005-current —Jerry Parker (58-31)
1997-2005 — Garry Walker (52-55)
1995-1996 — Tom Crittenden (1-17)
1992-1994 — Jerry Parker (13-17)
1975-1991 — Tom Crittenden (113-62)
1972-1974 — Roy Ritchins (14-18)
1970-1971 — Unknown (10-8)
1969 — Doug Toole (4-4)
1967-1968 — Roy Ritchins (5-13)
1958-1966 — Unknown (25-35-1)
1952-1957 — Hue Jewkes (23-16-2)
1913-1951 — Unknown (13-58-2)
Deseret News First Team all-staters the past 10 years
2012 — Hayden Packard, RB/DB
2012 — Jay Reidhead, RB/LB
2012 — Brad Richins, OL/DE
2011 — Bonner Mitchell, OL/DL
2011 — Lucas Rydalch, OL/DL
2010 — Parker Anderson, QB/DB
2010 — Cody Angell, OL/DL
2010 — Chance Field, OL/LB
2010 — Levi Thompson, RB/LB
2010 — Trevor Rydalch, Specialist
2009 — Judd Rydalch, TE/DE
2009 — Trevor Rydalch, Specialist
2009 — Trevor Lewis, QB
2009 — Levi Thompson, RB/LB
2007 — Harley Atkinson, RB/DL
2007 — Conor Peterson, QB/DB
2007 — Marc Yos, RB/LB
2006 — Brayden Stembridge, RB/LB
2005 — Clif Leavitt, RB/DB
2003 — Kolton Buckner, RB
To view second team and honorable mention all-staters through the years, check out the Deseret News All-State Archives.
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