SPRINGVILLE Before the football season even started Springville's new coaching staff had already begun talking about how a handful of offensive weapons were going to make the Red Devils a much better football team.
After watching Friday's 51-21 rout of the Provo Bulldogs in Springville's homecoming game, Red Devils fans now understand who the coaches were talking about and why they had reason to be so optimistic.
Behind a varied attack that featured the accurate arm of quarterback Isaac Allred, the busy legs of ball carriers Colton Ramon and Marcus Case, and the reliable hands of receivers Mark DeWyze, Luke Frampton and Jordan Sumsion, Springville had little trouble going up and the down the field in the Region 7 opener for both squads. The Red Devils posted 30 points by halftime and added another 21 in the third, before sending the second team out to finish the fourth quarter once the game was well in hand.
"It's always nice to win, extra nice to win the homecoming game, and region wins are even a little more special," Springville coach Scott Mitchell said. "But what I really liked is the way we played. We've come a long ways since our first game."
Standing out among the many Red Devils who had an outstanding game was Ramon. The senior tailback carried the ball 13 times for 136 yards and three touchdowns, and caught four passes for 108 yards and one TD. He also, as the Red Devils safety, deflected several passes.
"He's just a great player," Mitchell said. "He plays hard and he works hard."
Springville's defense also did a number on the Bulldogs, forcing them to punt five times, turn the ball over on downs three times and throw one interception. If it wasn't for a couple of outstanding plays by Provo receiver Anthony Miles, the game might have been even more lopsided. Miles had a 64-yard TD pass and returned a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown.
The Red Devils got things going early. On their first play from scrimmage Allred hit Frampton perfectly in stride on a deep out pattern and Frampton raced 61 yards to the end zone. On Springville's third play from scrimmage, Allred tossed one to Ramon near the line of scrimmage and he turned on the jets for a 74-yard TD reception. A 22-yard field goal by Mika Goodman put the Red Devils up 16-0 after one.
When Provo quarterback Matt Griner hit Miles perfectly in stride early in the second for a 64-yard TD bomb, the Bulldogs were back in business. However, Ramon responded minutes later with a 26-yard TD ramble right up the gut. Provo responded back, one more time, when Miles took the ensuing kickoff 95 yards to pull the Bulldogs back to 23-14.
But when Allred plunged in from two yards out to send Springville into the locker room with a 30-14 lead, the momentum stayed in the Red Devils' favor for good.Three third-quarter touchdowns, 15-yard and a 2-yard TD runs by Ramon, and a 10-yard scoring rush by Case, put the game officially out of reach for the Red Devils.