Showdown in the Suburbs: Salem Hills shut out Wasatch Wasps

by Daniel Olsen | The Salem Hills Skyhawks made a statement on a Thursday Night Football game in which their 21-0 shutout over the Wasatch Wasps would have even impressed the Chicago Bears.

While the Bears edged Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 20-19 on NFL Thursday Night Football, the Salem Hills Skyhawks showed why they are worthy of moving up a couple spots in the RPI polls. They entered the game as the fifth ranked RPI team in 5A while their opponent, the Wasatch Wasps, were ranked third.

After looking at the demeanor of the Salem Hills football team you wouldn’t know that they had lost a game this season. While there is room for improvement, they are confident when they play their brand of football.

“We have a team that has really come together,” Salem Hills head coach Jeff Higginson said. “We have guys that work hard. The biggest thing we have is a team that is unified and plays well together.”

The Skyhawks were perfect on defense as they held their opponent to zero scores. The player of the game on offense was easily quarterback Jarret Elmer who recorded all three touchdowns of the night. He threw two scores to Reed Johnson and one to Austin Hallows.

The Skyhawks have only lost one game this season in a close 16-13 loss to Springville. Other than that, they have been a solid team this season.

“We had six turnovers in that game vs. Springville,” Coach Higginson said. “We can beat anybody with the right preparation but when we lose sight of our plan then anyone in this league can beat us.”

The Wasps also entered this game with only one loss which was a pretty rough 10-36 loss to the Pleasant Grove Vikings. It was respectable considering that is the sixth ranked RPI team in the bigger 6A division.

The Wasatch Wasps were one of the toughest tests the Skyhawks have faced this year. The Skyhawks already had beaten the Juab Wasps, the top RPI team in 3A. They also beat a 6A team in Fremont.

The Skyhawks featured several star athletes who are looking to play football after high school. Deven Johnson, a senior 6-5 tight end, is looking to commit to SUU. Other receivers like Reed Johnson and Austin Hallows are also being looked at by college scouts.

Other offensive playmakers to watch out for on Friday night are Willie Leota and James Cardon-Leota. Jarret Elmer is also a great two year starter.

Salem Hills will finish the regular season in a home game vs Maple Mountain next Wednesday, October 14th, 2020. The game will start at 7 PM MST.

Wasatch will end their regular season at Springville next Thursday. That game will also start at 7 PM MST.

Featured Photo Courtesy Deseret News

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