The streak continues; San Juan defeats South Summit in 2A clash

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KAMAS - In a highly anticipated rematch of last year's 2A championship game, South Summit Wildcats looked to reverse a four-year losing streak and beat defending champs San Juan Broncos.

The frustration of losing 7-0 to San Juan in last year's championship game was fresh on the Wildcats' mind as they looked for revenge. Brayden Powers of the Wildcats related how important a win against San Juan would be: "This game is huge. We've all been looking forward to it this whole season."

However, the Broncos showed why they are the defending champs, outscoring the Wildcats, 20-0 in the second half to win the game 26-6. The Broncos defense was key to the game as they forced two fumbles and an interception.

Broncos quarterback Cameron Shumway went 17-of-27, throwing two touchdowns and going for 210 yards.

San Juan struck early on their first drive with a 12 yard pass to Tyler Nielson to put the Broncos up 6-0. South Summit quickly answered back with an interception late in the first quarter by Trevor Rydalch, which put the Wildcats on the Broncos 20 yard line.

South Summit's Levi Thompson ran for two yards scoring a touchdown, which tied the game up 6-6.

In the third quarter, the Broncos took control of the game as Taj Eldredge intercepted a pass from Levi Thompson, returning the ball to the Wildcats 30 yard line. Cameron Shumway found Stetler Shumway on a 15-yard pass to put the Broncos up 12-6.

The Broncos didn't let up as quarterback Cameron Shumway recovered a South Summit fumble to go 45 yards for another touchdown, making the score 19-6.

"The win feels great," Colby Redd of the Broncos said. "We now have to push forward to the championship. We'll probably see them again."

The troubles continued for the Wildcats as their defense broke down, allowing Trevor Nielson to make some big gains to put the Broncos in good position to score. With 6:34 left in the game, Colby Redd ran 16 yards for another Broncos touchdown, dashing all hope for the Wildcats to break a four-year skid.

"The win feels great," Colby Redd of the Broncos said. "We now have to push forward to the championship. We'll probably see them again."

Both teams are set to have a great year.

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