SPRINGVILLE When your coach is a former NFL star and you have a returning quarterback in Isaac Allred, starting the season 0-2 is not easily accepted. It took Springville (0-0,1-2) nearly a whole half to get on the board, but it cruised to a 31-7 victory over Wasatch (0-0, 1-2) on Friday.
"I've been struggling lately," Allred said. "I wanted to help my team and it feels good to get the win."
After a scoreless first quarter the Red Devils finally found paydirt when senior running back Colton Ramon took the handoff from Allred, found a seam, and sprinted 47 yards downfield for the score. Wasatch threatened late in the half, but a fake punt was squandered by Springville to shut down the Wasps' momentum. The defenses for both teams held tough the rest of the way as the Red Devils went into the half with a measly 7-point lead.
Springville owned the third quarter by scoring 21 unanswered points to take a commanding 28-0 lead. Early in the second half Red Devil linebacker Sebastian Lucio picked off a Payton Davis pass and returned it into Wasp territory, setting up a 6-yard touchdown run for sophomore Marcus Case.
The Springville defense continued to set up scoring opportunities when a fumbled snap on a Wasatch punt resulted in Red Devil linebacker Caleb Christen scooping the ball up and jetting into the end zone for six.
"Our defense has really started to understand," said Springville coach Scott Mitchell. "We're not a big defense, but we are quick."
To cap the third quarter scoring spree Allred found senior Luke Frampton on a 10-yard touchdown strike that all but sealed the Red Devil victory.
Wasatch, which suffered a 49-0 drubbing last week, struggled to move the ball all night. The tenacity and quickness of the Springville defensive line left Wasp quarterback Davis with no time to throw. Late in the fourth quarter Davis and the Wasatch offense were able to orchestrate a drive deep into Springville territory. Not wanting to suffer another shutout and with time running out, Davis scrambled 11 yards for the Wasps' first touchdown in two weeks.
While Allred had a solid night for Springville and Ramon scored on the long touchdown run, the night belonged to the Red Devil defense, which nearly rendered Wasatch helpless the entire game.