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SALINA — The Braves are back at .500.
Boosting their 2A North Region record to 2-2 and their overall record to 3-3, the North Summit Braves crushed North Sevier, 35-6, Friday night. The Braves came out on fire, scoring 21 unanswered first-half points before coasting to victory.
The Braves had an unstoppable rushing game that tore up 276 yards on the ground. Dixon Richins scored two rushing touchdowns for the Braves and Jaxon Vernon and Nathan Rees each added one. Quarterback Keegan McQueen also went 6 of 8 in the passing game for 67 yards and one 21-yard touchdown throw to Braden Brown. The Braves rolled up 343 yards in total offense.
Defensively, linebacker Dixon Richins led the Braves in tackles with eight.
North Sevier was without three-year starting quarterback Joey Edwards, who went down last week against South Summit with a knee injury. In his place, junior QB Desmond Honeycutt passed for 126 yards and one touchdown. The Wolves' only score came in the fourth quarter on a 57-yard strike from Honeycutt to Trent Hampton.
The Wolves were led on defense by Cory Johnson, who had 14 tackles.
Meanwhile, the Braves now find themselves in a three-way tie for third place in the 2A North Region with Emery and South Summit. North Summit will travel to cross-county rival South Summit for a huge contest next Friday. The winner of that game will have the inside track for playoff seeding at the conclusion of the regular season.
The Wolves, who are 0-4 in region and 1-6 overall, will host Manti next Friday in Salina.