After four years of being the 1A glamour boy, it seems only fitting that South Summit quarterback Mark Rydalch was finally able to win a state football championship, making his storybook high school career complete.
Rydalch and the rest of his South Summit teammates wrested the stranglehold Kanab has had on the 1A state title by defeating the Cowboys 35-13 Saturday at Mountain View High School.The last time the Wildcats won a state championship was in 1984, the last year Kanab didn't rule the 1A ranks. That was when another Rydalch, Craig, was leading South Summit and Mark was in eighth grade. But after being a perrenial all-state selection during his career, the younger Rydalch still didn't know what it was like to win the big one.
For Rydalch, it can't get much better than this. Earlier in the week, he signed a national letter of intent to play basketball at the University of Utah next season. Then Saturday he engineered the Wildcat's drive to the state title.
"This is the greatest week of my life, I just wish my brother could've been here," Rydalch said. Craig, who plays basketball for Dixie Junior College in St. George, had a game Saturday night, but no doubt approved of his brothers accomplishments.
He rushed for 140 yards, had 97 more passing and scored two touchdowns turning a close game into a rout in the fourth quarter.
And as long as we're talking about family affairs, let's not forget sophomore Jed Frazier, who replaced his brother Weston as the Wildcat's kicker this year. He nailed two first-half field goals including a 43-yarder on the last play of the first half to give South Summit a 12-0 lead.
"This is probably my best game ever. My brother taught me to kick," Frazier said.
South Summit got its offense going early with a 49-yard drive keyed by a 44-yard option keeper by Rydalch. Sheldon Thompson punched it in from 2 yards out and the Wildcats were on the board.
Frazier got back in the act with 5:22 left in the third quarter increasing South Summit's lead to 15-0 on a 37-yard field goal. Kanab tried to get back in the contest putting together a 6-play, 70-yard drive capped by a T.J. Houston 2-yard run. The try for two failed and the score was 15-6.
The Wildcats were going to have no part of a Kanab comeback, however. On the second play of the fourth quarter, Rydalch scored his first touchdown to make ti 21-6 with 11:39 to play. On their next posses- sion, Thompson scored his second TD, Frazier added the PAT and the 1A transfer of power finally began. Oporedr yea Reclamation offer to buy irrigation water for $50 an acre-foot to supplement Provo River flows.
The bureau issued a statement Monday afternoon announcing it would buy up to 9,500 acre-feet on a one-time basis from anyone owning water that could be delivered into Deer Creek Reservoir.
Owens even suggested Tuesday that water officials buy 30- to 60-second radio spots to publicize the offer. Owens, who has scrutinized the bureau and its handling of the Central Utah Project, said he will contact newspaper publishers and radio and television stations personally to help get the word out that the bureau needs the water.
Owens said the contacts would give him an opportunity to put election-day "nervous energy" to good use. The shock value of Owens' pitching for the bureau may help get the media attention the officials are looking for, he said.
Office personnel at the Central Utah Water Conservancy District stayed by the phones until midnight Monday waiting for calls but got only one - from the district's attorney, who owns water rights on the upper Provo River - said Don Christiansen, conservancy district general manager. The phones were staffed until midnight Tuesday as well, he said.
A coalition of sportsmen and water officials has met daily, altogether or in parts, since Wednesday when the bureau announced it would drop flows in the Provo River Monday from 100 cubic feet per second to about 56 cfs.
Clifford I. Barrett, regional director for the bureau in Salt Lake City, announced a change in the bureau's position Monday, saying the federal agency that oversees the CUP will continue to negotiate a change in Provo River flows to respond to drought emergencies this year. The bureau then plans to prepare an environmental assessment to govern river flows beginning next winter until Jordanelle Dam is completed and filled, probably 10 years from now.
Representatives of several sportsmen's groups are working with local, state and federal water officials to find irrigators that would be willing to make one-time water sales to bolster Provo River flows and protect the brown trout fishery that would suffer if the flows drop.
The coalition is working toward a compromise flow level for this winter. Kirt Carpenter, manager of the bureau's Utah Project's office in Provo, suggested the river be cut immediately to the proposed compromise flow of 85 cfs to conserve water that will be needed to meet streamflows later.
Both Owens and Kenley Brunsdale, chairman of the Utah Roundtable of Sportsmen and Conservationists, objected to dropping flows until a written agreement is in force. "We need a memo of understanding first," Owens said. "We have to have something that shows a fairness and an across-the-board cooperation."
Brunsdale said he's received "pretty positive" responses for about 2,000 acre-feet.