North Sanpete Football on the rise
MT. PLEASANT — The North Sanpete football team earned a convincing win, 16 to 3, against Union High School Friday, Aug. 24, at North Sanpete High School.
The Hawks jumped out to an early lead with a 10 yard touchdown run by Connor Jorgensen. Quarterback Chance Clawson scored on an impressive 13 yard scramble in the third quarter and an interception by Payton Clawson late in the fourth quarter sealed the victory.
The Hawks controlled much of the game with a stifling defense and a powerful running game fueled by Maison Burgess who rushed for 78 yards and Chance Clawson who rushed for 60 yards.
This was an important victory for a football program that battled through injuries and struggled to win games last season. Coach Rhett Bird has worked hard to build a quality football program based on unity, hard work, and integrity.
Coach Bird leads by example and has surrounded himself with a coaching staff that reflects his high morals and standards. Most importantly, the kids have bought into his program and enjoy playing football for him.
There are 92 players on the football team. That is as big as it has been in the last ten years. This increase in numbers has helped the program.
Coach Bird explains, “We have enough talent and experienced players that it makes coaching decisions easy, and we have enough depth that we shouldn’t have to worry as much about injury this year.”
The football team have made an emphasis to work on the basics this summer. They hope to minimize penalties and eliminate needless turnovers that plagued them last year.
The Hawks have a defense that can slow down even the best teams and keep them in games. If they can take care of the ball on offense, they will be hard to beat.
Coach Bird is optimistic about this season, “Our defense is very good. We play our best when we can jump out to an early lead and let our defense control the game. If we can eliminate turnovers and mistakes we will win games.”
The future looks bright for the football program here at North Sanpete. With 25 freshmen and 25 sophomores currently on the team and a growing football program at the middle school level, the Hawks will continue to improve for years to come.
The football team plays again on Friday, Aug. 31, with a 7 p.m. start, at Cedar City.