High school football: Wasatch can’t keep up with Springville in homecoming defeat

Published: Saturday, Sept. 28 2013 2:21 p.m. MDT

Wasatch was stymied on its first possession and the Red Devils marched quickly down the field for a touchdown and extra point, widening their lead to 28-9.

Springville added another quick touchdown after the home team was unable to move the ball, making the score 34-9 after the PAT failed with six minutes remaining in the third quarter.

The Wasps would not roll over and die, though. Sensing the opportunity to get his team on the board, head coach Steve Coburn called his field goal unit onto the field after a drive stalled at the Red Devil 30-yard line.

Sophomore place-kicker Skyler Southam lined up and nailed the 47-yarder, bringing the crowd to its feet. Even though it only brought the home team’s point total to 12, there was life in Heber City.

The rejuvenated Wasp defense forced a Springville fumble on the following possession and Wasatch took control of the ball in Red Devil territory. A penalty, this time, was the culprit for the offense, and Wasatch again would call on its kicker, who had no trouble booting the 24-yard field goal to bring the score to 34-15.

Southam would factor in again as he perfectly placed an onside kick that his team recovered in front of the surprised Red Devils. Wasatch had the ball first-and-10 on the Springville 30-yard line and was sensing a comeback.

Two plays later, Davis threw a perfect pass down the right sideline to his big tight end, Kayden Connor, for the Wasps' first offensive touchdown of the night. Southam, who has not missed an extra point all season, made the PAT, and Wasatch was suddenly knocking at the door 34-22.

But it was as close as the Wasps would get. Springville was able to put together another time-consuming drive that deflated the Wasps' defense. With five minutes left in the game, Slavin hooked up with a receiver one more time, this time for 28 yards for the touchdown that would finally kill the Wasps. The extra point was good, and the game ended 41-22.

Coburn talked to his team after the loss with praise and encouraged the Wasps to remain positive and keep working. “Well … we knew this would be the big difference moving from 3A to 4A,” Coburn said. “Size and speed. It’s not for lack of effort. We played hard. I’m proud of these guys.

“We had a sophomore at QB out there tonight,” he added. “Garrett (Davis) was a little overwhelmed out there at first, but that’s why we’ve been playing him already this year — for this situation. He overthrew some guys, but he adjusted well. He did much better in the second half and he will be much better in the next game. I have total confidence in Garrett going forward.”

Davis, who was 12-27 for 144 yards with a touchdown and an interception, was reflective about his performance. “The speed at this level is the biggest difference,” said Davis. “It’s a huge jump from freshman — even JV.”

“I’ve got a lot to learn out there, but I feel good about it,” he added. “We’ll just keep doing what the coaches ask of us and work at getting it together. We’ll be better next game.”

Wasatch is 3-3 overall and 1-2 in Region 8 with Maple Mountain coming to Heber next Friday.

Kenny Bristow is the staff sports writer for the Wasatch Wave and contributes to the Deseret News high school coverage for the Wasatch region. Email: kennywbristow@gmail.com. To contribute to DNews preps for your area, enquire at 801.237.2143.

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