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2A football preview: Richfield at South Summit

Richfield (6-4, 3-2) at South Summit (8-1, 4-1)

2A State Tournament quarterfinal

Friday, 3 p.m.

Parry's Power Guide: South Summit by 14

All-time series: South Summit leads 3-0.

Last meeting: 2006 first round, South Summit won 33-8

These are uncharted waters for the Richfield Wildcats. In rolling past American Leadership in last week's 2A play-in game, the Wildcats secured their first playoff win since 1991 and guarantee themselves their first winning season since 1993.

Making it two straight playoff wins is going to be a very tall order.

Led by Braydon Stembridge, a Division I prospect who excels at running back and linebacker, South Summit rolled to an 8-1 record during the regular season. It owns the stingiest defense in 2A, surrendering just 7.3 ppg while offensively it's averaging over four touchdowns per game.

Richfield, meanwhile, has won three straight after losing to Grand and Millard early in the region season on consecutive weeks.

Richfield has numerous offensive weapons, led by quarterback Travis Tuttle and running back JD Michaelsen. Defensively, Stetson Laws has given opponents fits all year with his 70 total tackles and eight sacks.

Richfield Wildcats statistical breakdown

Scoring offense: 28.6 ppg

Scoring defense: 19.9 ppg

Passing leader: Travis Tuttle (63-123, 51.0%, 1,101 yards, 11 TDs)

Rushing leader: Zach Cropper (102 rushes, 615 yards, 8 TDs)

Receiving leader: JD Michaelsen (15 receptions, 553 yards, 6 TDs)

Tackles leader: Stetson Laws (70 tackles)

Sacks leader: Stetson Laws (8 sacks)

Interceptions leader: JD Michaelson (3 interceptions)

South Summit Wildcats statistical breakdown

Scoring offense: 30.0 ppg

Scoring defense: 7.3 ppg

Passing leader: Conor Peterson (36-77, 46.8%, 726 yards, 7 TDs)

Rushing leader: Braydon Stembridge (96 rushes, 733 yards, 11 TDs)

Receiving leader: Curtis Jenkins (21 receptions, 451 yards, 4 TDs)

Tackles leader: Marc Yost (67 tackles)

Sacks leader: Harley Atkinson (4 sacks)

Interceptions leader: Curtis Jenkins, Denver Hansen (2 interceptions)

Richfield game-by-game results

08/17/07 ... Manti 14, Richfield 6

08/24/07 ... Richfield 35, Parowan 18

08/31/07 ... Gunnison 20, Richfield 14

09/07/07 ... Richfield 34, Enterprise 8

09/14/07 ... Richfield 48, South Sevier 19

09/21/07 ... Grand 36, Richfield 20

09/28/07 ... Millard 35, Richfield 26

10/05/07 ... Richfield 47, Beaver 8

10/12/07 ... Richfield 27, San Juan 21 (OT)

10/19/07 ... Richfield 49, American Leadership 14

South Summi game-by-game results

08/17/07 ... South Summit 48, Altamont 0

08/24/07 ... South Summit 52, Duchesne 12

08/31/07 ... South Summit 35, Grand 0

09/07/07 ... South Summit 12, Delta 7

09/14/07 ... South Summit 47, Gunnison 26

09/21/07 ... North Summit 21, South Summit 7

09/28/07 ... South Summit 17, Manti 0

10/05/07 ... South Summit 45, American Leadership 0

10/10/07 ... South Summit 7, Juab 0