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North Summit needs 2OTs to maintain perfect mark

NEPHI — Class 2A's top-ranked remains undefeated.

But, holy cow, what a ringer North Summit went through to remain there.

Everything went according to script for the Braves during their Class 2A North encounter with Juab Friday evening — in the first half.

Unfortunately for the sanity of North Summit and its traveling fans, that was hardly the case after halftime.

The Braves found themselves trailing by six points late, but they fought back to tie the game on an 80-yard interception return by Stevin Sommerville and — two overtimes later — they emerged unscathed.

Star running back Dallin Donaldson hauled in a 25-yard touchdown reception from Deven Holmes in double overtime, and North Summit kept Juab from scoring on its ensuing possession en route to a thrilling, you-would-only-believe-it-if-you-saw-it 33-26 victory Friday evening.

"Good stuff," Donaldson dead-panned afterward. "It's just football at its best."

With the win, North Summit improved to 7-0 and clinched the No. 1 playoff seed from Class 2A North.

"There's still a lot of football to be played, and we're not gonna treat this like a state championship," said North Summit coach Jerre Holmes. "We'll chalk it up as a win. I believe it's one of the best football games I've ever been a part of, and for that, I'm proud.

"If," Holmes added, "you're gonna sit down and write about it before it ever happens, you'd probably create something like this."

Trailing 20-14 deep in the fourth quarter, things looked pretty bleak for the Braves. Juab had the ball and drove to North Summit's 5-yard line.

Juab faced 3-and-15 from the 15-yard line following a negative run and a penalty, and North Summit linebacker Chandler Woolstenhulme came up with a game-saving play on the down.

Woolstenhulme intercepted an attempted screen pass from Juab quarterback Jordan Jones and pitched it to Sommerville, who raced 80 yards for a touchdown. North Summit missed the ensuing PAT, leaving the score knotted, 20-20.

Both teams traded scores in the first overtime to make it 26-26, and North Summit got the ball first in the second overtime.

On the first play of the drive, Donaldson scored from 25 yards out.

Juab's defense, which was stellar throughout, held Donaldson — one of the leading rushers in the state — to just 61 yards. However, the star still managed to score the game-winning touchdown and made a couple of critical plays from his free safety position on Juab's final possession to seal the victory.

Trailing 7-0 at halftime, Juab erupted early in the second half. Jones and Chris Morgan scored back-to-back touchdowns to begin the third quarter, and the Wasps put North Summit on its heels for the rest of the game.

In the end, though, the Braves did just enough to win on a night filled with drenching rains.

"It's awesome. It's the best kind," Donaldson said of the game. "You've got rain, you've got the elements, and you've got overtime. Nothing better.