2A high school football preview: North Summit vs. Grand

North Summit, Grand meet for chance to reach state final

Published: Thursday, Nov. 7 2013 6:35 a.m. MST

CEDAR CITY — All season long, the Grand County High offensive line has been quietly making things happen.

The four seniors and one sophomore that make up the crew have been the unsung heroes on a team that lost just one regular-season game, is third in 2A in offensive production with 33.0 points per game, and is marching back to its second consecutive 2A semifinal game on Saturday morning.

“They have done a fantastic job of creating opportunities for our position players,” Grand County assistant coach and athletic director Ron Dolphin said of Edgar Gomez, David Bentley, Austin Day, Justin Cresswell and Brandon Secrest.

“They are going to be key this weekend,” Dolphin said, “because I think it will come down to who controls the line of scrimmage.”

Grand County, the second-seeded team from the 2A South region, will meet North Summit, the No. 1 seed from the northern region, at 11 a.m. at Southern Utah University. After winning just two games all of last season, the Braves have averaged 25.8 points per game this year, lost just twice during the regular season, and upset county rival South Summit to earn the top region ranking en route to earning their spot among the final four.

“The games just get harder the deeper we get into the tournament,” Dolphin said. “North Summit looks good on film; they look like they have some speed. We have a good offensive line and so do they. They engage their defenders and create alleyways just like we do.”

Leading the North Summit offense is junior playmaker Ryan McMichael, who scored twice in the Braves’ quarterfinal victory over Gunnison. McMichael leads the team with 675 rushing yards and 15 rushing touchdowns along with all 571 of the team’s passing yards and seven passing touchdowns.

Seniors Josh Birk and Trevor Hale add dimension to the offense, rushing for 650 and 432 yards, respectively, and combining for 11 scores.

Seniors Koi Cook and Jacob Francis top the both the rushing, passing and defensive stat boards for Grand County, which has also received major contributions from Layton Call and Cameron Taylor, who scored twice in the Red Devils’ win against South Sevier in the quarterfinal round.

Juniors Koby Sobremesana, Tanner White and Ronnie Dolphin have also contributed to spreading out opposing defenses all season long.

“This has been a special year in a lot of ways,” Dolphin said. “This group of seniors has been talking about playing for a state title since eighth grade. This is their last opportunity, and they have been working harder for it this year.”

North Summit statistical breakdown

(Note: Does not include quarterfinal stats)

Scoring offense: 25.8 ppg (6th in 2A)

Scoring defense: 16.2 ppg (4th in 2A)

Passing leader: Ryan McMichael (42-74, 56.8%, 571 yards, 7 TDs)

Rushing leaders: Ryan McMichael (119 carries, 675 yards, 13 TDs), Josh Birk (94 carries, 650 yards, 5 TDs)

Receiving leaders: Nick Rees (13 catches, 131 yards, 2 TDs)

Tackles leaders: Not provided

Sack leaders: Not provided

Interception leaders: Josh Birk (3 INTs)

Grand County statistical breakdown

(Note: Does not include quarterfinal stats)

Scoring offense: 33.0 ppg (3rd in 2A)

Scoring defense: 11.6 ppg (3rd in 2A)