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High school football: Braves top Rams with fast start

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MONROE — For the North Summit Braves, Friday's game against South Sevier was about two things — taking care of business and staying healthy.

The Braves dominated the first half of the game to finish with a 52-29 victory, improving North Summit's record to 9-2.

"They all did well," said North Summit head coach Jerre Holmes. He said he was pleased with how the defense played, as well as the offensive output.

North Summit is now set to take on Juab in the quarterfinals. Juab and North Summit last met Oct. 15 in a 27-20 thriller that the Braves lost.

On Friday, North Summit jumped to a 27-0 lead in the first quarter, starting with a 75-yard opening kickoff return by senior Bryler Trussell. He also kicked in the PAT.

On the Braves' next series, senior quarterback Deven Holmes tucked the ball under his arm for a 38-yard dash into the end zone. Greg Woolstenhulme kicked the first of four PATs. Trussell nabbed an interception for a 14-yard interception return into the pay dirt.

North Summit's next series also ended with a TD as Colby Richins nabbed a pass from Holmes for a 40-yard touchdown play.

North Summit scored again in the second period as Holmes hit Richins again, this time for a 62-yard play.

The North Summit run continued as Woolstenhulme kicked a 35-yard field goal, bringing the score to 38-0 with 1:55 left in the first half.

South Sevier's next series ended with senior Hayden Baker bashing his way 18 yards into the end zone. South Sevier junior Landon Leavitt carried in the two-point conversion and the half ended 38-8.

The second half started with a 12-play drive by South Sevier, which ended with Baker carrying the ball in from 27 yards out.

A momentum shift occurred as South Sevier sophomore Clayton Higginson covered a fumble by the Braves, setting them up from 23 yards away. Senior Trevor Barney capped the drive with a 13-yard touchdown dash. He also ran in the two-point conversion, bringing the score to 38-22 with 3:20 left in the third quarter.

North Summit brought its first string back out and scored again with Richins carrying the ball in a two-yard push into the end zone. Richins also had a seven-yard TD run, bringing the score to 52-22.

South Sevier junior Zack Blackham ran in the final scoring play of the game from 10 yards out.

The loss closes South Sevier's season, which has been about developing players.

"Most of our guys are juniors," said head coach Travis McAllister. "We're excited for next year; we have a lot of good kids coming back."

The Rams end the year with a 6-4 record.