PAYSON — The Springville Red Devils moved one step closer to a perfect regular season Friday night on the road with a 21-0 win over Payson, but not without a fight from the Lions in their Homecoming game.
Leading by just a touchdown at the half, the Red Devils (9-0, 4-0) wore out Payson's defense late in the second half, using a 217-yard performance from Trevyn Smith to stay on top in Region 6.
"Since we played Timpview, we haven't played very well, and it's hard to get up for some of the teams that haven't won quite as much," said Springville coach Doug Bills. "But our kids do what they have to do, and I'm proud of them."
Payson (1-7, 1-3) was able to hold Springville's potent offense scoreless in the first quarter, coming only a few feet away from taking an early lead on a Spencer Nielson 40-yard field goal attempt.
But the Red Devils started off the second quarter right, marching down the field from their own 10-yard line to take a 7-0 lead on a 14-yard touchdown run from Smith.
Both teams failed to produce another scoring drive in the first half despite 71 yards passing from Pickering and 113 first-half rushing yards from Smith. The Red Devils killed themselves with penalties, including one that brought back a Pickering touchdown pass.
"We killed ourselves a lot," Bills said. "We dedicated ourselves to come out and play harder (in the second half).
Springville did just that, forcing the Lions to fumble on their first possession at the Payson 37-yard line . Five plays later, Smith struck again for 19 yards up the middle and Springville had a 14-0 lead.
Payson looked to make the game interesting in the fourth after a 42-yard pass from Nielson to Wall, but facing fourth-and-10, Nielson's pass was intercepted, which led to another Springville touchdown. Smith went to work again with three carries and 54 yards on the drive before Pickering tossed a 2-yard pass to Kirk Doxey, putting the senior quarterback over 100 yards passing for the game.
In addition to the kicking duties, Nielson filled in for the Lions at quarterback in place of injured Blake Francom, who broke his collar bone last week against Spanish Fork. Nielson was 9-of-17 for 141 yards passing and had 72 yards on the ground.