Red Devils lose to Leopards in semifinal state game, 42-14
Springville’s undefeated Red Devils made their goal—to play at Rice Eccles stadium supported by bus loads of SHS students, faculty, staff, and fans. In an exciting race to the 4A state football championship, Springville knew getting past East wouldn’t be easy.
The Red Devils played with high-risk and high-intensity. In the first half, Springville opted to go for a touchdown instead of a field goal twice in the red zone and came away with zero points both times, which resulted in a halftime score of 14-0, in favor of East.
In the second half of the game, East scored 28 points. East had about a dozen big plays--four of which ended in touchdowns.
Springville was led by Devyn Tate, who rushed the ball nine times for 89 yards and Payton Kelepolo, who rushed for both of the Red Devils' touchdowns. Kelepolo, the junior running back, scored the Red Devils’ only other touchdown with 59 seconds left in the game--a 3-yard run.
East’s quarterback Jonnie Lang, danced around and through Springville's defense to rack up 280 yards and four touchdowns on just 19 rushes. He was also 3 of 5 passing for 98 yards and a touchdown.
photos by Mark Spencer