On Thursday, November 12, the SHS Red Devil football team became one step closer to the ultimate team goal by defeating the Dixie Flyers in the state semi-finals, 29-21. This victory now gives the Red Devils a chance to win the High School 4A State Championship.
The Red Devils were in control of the game as they went into halftime leading 19-0, with scores contributing from an effective running attack. Running back Alema Key scored the first two touchdowns from within the red zone; and his backfield teammate, Marcus Cas,e punched in the third touchdown of the half. The Red Devil defense shut down the Dixie offensive attack, as the Flyer’s possessions all ended in punts.
The third quarter started where the second left off, as the Red Devils scored ten more unanswered points. First a 43 yard touchdown pass from Steve Bate to Todd Gillies, then Thomas Day booted a 33 yard field goal, giving SHS a 29-0 lead going into the final quarter.
In the fourth quarter, Dixie came back big with three touchdowns and capitalized on back-to-back fumbles by the Red Devils to mount a rally that ultimately fell short when Springville’s Zach Gardanier intercepted a pass with 38.8 seconds left to help Springville escape with a 29-21 victory.
With this huge win, the Springville Red Devil football team advances to the State Championship game vs. Timpview on Friday, November 20, at 11:00 am at Rice-Eccles Stadium, University of Utah. The last time the Red Devils played for the state title was in 1985 when Scott Mitchell, senior and quarterback, took the team to a 4A State Championship win. Twenty-four years later, Scott Mitchell is back, as Springville’s head coach.
Last Friday the Springville Red Devils football team faced off against the Skyview Bobcats in the first round of the state playoffs. Running back Alema Key led the Red Devils with three all-purpose touchdowns, two on the ground and one receiving. The Red Devils got the win, 35-14. Taylor Baker may have had the play of the season as the first half was winding down. The Bobcats were lining up to kick a field goal as time was expiring, defensive end Brody Swanson got a hand on the football and Baker did the rest, catching the ball and returning it 89 yards for a touchdown. The play increased the score 28-7 going into halftime instead of 21-10.
The Red Devils used their powerful stable of running backs in the second half to wear down the Bobcats and come out with a victory. Springville advanced to the state football quarterfinals and will face-off against Woods Cross this Friday, November 6, 3:00 pm, at home. All Springville High supporters are invited to wear red and support our team!
Make-A-Wish week is here! Springville High School is once again involved in the awesome power of Make-A-Wish week and students have already come out and started to donate large sums of money. This year, we’ll be raising money to help a young girl named Jessenia. Jessenia is 7 years old and has "ALL" Leukemia, a painful and serious type of cancer that develops in the white blood cells. The Make-A-Wish carnival family night will be held Monday, November 9, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. We invite all members of the community to come to the carnival; cost is $15 for a family pass or $3 per person. All money donated during the week and raised from the carnival will help to grant young Jessenia’s wish to visit Disney World and to meet all of the Disney princesses. If you wish to make a donation, you can contact Springville High School. We look forward to the community’s support to help Make-A- Wish grant Jessenia's wish!