Summit Academy High School is a brand-new school that has yet to play a sanctioned football game, but the newly organized program is already showing the rest of the state what it's capable of.
The Bears won the JV title at the Ute Shoot 7-on-7 passing tournament held June 2 at the University of Utah. It was the second consecutive championship by Summit Academy, which captured first place in the 9th-grade division of the Draper 7-on-7 passing championship back in May.
The SAHS team that captured first place at the Ute Shoot was principally comprised of the same 9th graders — with a few sophomores and one junior added to the roster.
In addition to programs throughout Utah, the Bears’ competition at the Ute Shoot also included teams from Idaho and Wyoming. The Bears went undefeated in the preliminary rounds of play, earning a No. 1 seed in the elimination round. The Bears eventually defeated Juan Diego for the championship.
The Draper 9th-grade 7-on-7 tournament included two Alta teams, as well as teams from Bingham, Pleasant Grove and American Fork.
“We are fortunate to have a group of very young but talented athletes who have been receptive to new offensive and defensive schemes," said Summit Academy coach Scott Gorringe. "Many of these young men have come to Summit because they are hungry for playing opportunities and are eager to show the community that they belong on the field.
"While we realize that passing-only tournaments are not equivalent to full-contact football, we are encouraged by the success that we’ve experienced in such a short time period.”
Summit Academy High School is a charter school located in Bluffdale, Utah that opened its doors in the fall of 2011 and offers a variety of competitive sports, with football being the most recent addition. The Bears open their inaugural football season on Aug. 17 at Milford. For more information on the team’s upcoming schedule, please visit the SAHS website at www.sahs1.org.