Note: South Summit finished with an 3-7 overall record in 2019 and was fifth in Region 13 with a 1-4 record. It was RPI seed No. 12 in the 3A playoffs and was eliminated by Morgan 42-0 in first round.


KAMAS — From 2009 to 2018, South Summit was the most dominant and consistent program in 2A football. During the run that spanned three coaches, it advanced to at least the semifinals every year, won four state titles and was runner-up four other times. Its record during that stretch was 101-17.

Last season in South Summit’s first year bumping up to 3A, the program dealt with a ton of adversity and struggled to a 3-7 record under first-year coach Jon Snyder.

Did one year bad year erase all of the momentum built up over a decade?

Coach Mike Grajek is committed to making sure it doesn’t. After a one-year hiatus, Grajek is returning as head coach for South Summit. In his first coaching stint with the program from 2016 to 2018, his teams went 33-3, winning two state titles.

“We do have over 20 seniors coming out this summer so that is really promising. The kids are working hard this summer,” said Grajek, who said he’s got a strong contingent of juniors on the team as well.

Last season, South Summit ran a triple option offense, but Grajek is reverting to the spread offense that was so successful during his previous run.


South Summit Wildcats at a glance

Grajek’s thoughts on how his players dealt the COVID-19 adversity in the spring and summer:

“We’ve tried to be thankful. I tell them we talk about masks and we take temperatures every day, I remind them we’re one of the only states that doing this so just be grateful that we’re out here doing it and enjoy, cause we don’t know when it could end. Their attitude has been really good.”

South Summit offensive snapshot

Offensive coordinator: Mike Grajek

2019 offense: 13.8 ppg (15th in 3A)

2019 offensive statistics
  • Four returning starters
  • Spread offense
Returning offensive starters
  • Bobby Freeman (OL)
  • Xander Lindsay (OL)
  • Kaleb Butikofer (OL)
  • Dartanian Sanchez (Wing)
Offensive newcomers to watch
  • Payton Sanderson (QB)
  • Hunter Zenger (Slot)
  • Gage Martinez (WR)
  • Hayden Suhadolc (WR)
  • John Mora (WR)
  • Lukas Mendia (OL)
  • Kameron Horrocks (OL)
  • Max Whitmore (OL)
  • Jacob Hermansen (OL)
  • Beau Robison (OL)
Grajek’s keys for offensive success in 2020:

“We only go as our O-line goes. That’s a huge key is our offensive line and the old cliche is being able to take what the defense gives us. If they’re stopping the pass, you’ve got to be able to run. If they’re stopping the run, we’ve got to be able to pass. So even though we do through it a lot we’ve got to be able to run the ball, and that’s obviously from the offensive line.”


South Summit defensive snapshot

Defensive coordinator: Jamie Freeman

2019 defense: 26.9 ppg (11th in 3A)

2019 defensive statistics
  • Four returning starters
  • 3-5 defense
Returning defensive starters
  • Brice Clegg (DT)
  • Bobby Freeman (DL)
  • Kaleb Butikofer (LB)
  • Taylor Limb (CB)
  • Defensive newcomers to watch
  • Xander Metcalfe (LB)
  • Tyler Thacker (LB)
Grajek’s keys for defensive success in 2020:

“We’re hoping that we can prepare 22 kids so that we can stay healthy so the defense can stay fresh and the offense can stay fresh. It’s worked in the past for us but that was in 2A football, even though we did compete during those stints with with Park City and Morgan, but now it’s Morgan-caliber football week in and week out. There’s not a weak game. That’s the key is to keep our defense healthy during the year and fresh during the games so we can compete. If we have to resort to playing 12 and 13 kids on both sides of the ball I think that’s when injuries start to settle.”

Deseret News outlook for 2020

There are many ways to interpret what happened in 2019 for South Summit. Was it because of the jump to 3A, the coaching change, the offensive philosophy change or simply a down year in talent? All four likely contributed to the first losing season for South Summit in over a decade. With Grajek back in charge, South Summit should immediately be competitive again on Friday nights. What hasn’t changed from last year, however, is the fact that South Summit is still in 3A and a semifinal appearance in 2020 will be difficult to achieve.


Felt’s Facts for South Summit

  • All-time record: 398-339-8 (82 years)

  • Region championships: 12 (1925, 1971, 1972, 1974, 1977 co, 2000, 2009 co, 2013 co, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018)
  • Playoff appearances: 43
  • All-time playoff record: 57-35

  • State championships: 8 (1977, 1978, 1984, 1988, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018)

  • State championship record: 8-9

  • Most played rivalry: 90 meetings with North Summit dating back to 1942. North Summit leads 46-40-4.


Last five seasons

  • 2019 — 3-7 (1-4 in Region 13 — 3A first round)
  • 2018 — 11-1 (5-0 in 2A North — 2A champions)
  • 2017 — 12-0 (5-0 in 2A North — 2A champions)
  • 2016 — 10-2 (4-1 in 2A North — 2A runner-up)
  • 2015 — 11-1 (5-1 in 2A North — 2A runner-up)

South Summit coaching history

  • 2020 — Mike Grajek (0-0)
  • 2019 — Jon Snyder (3-7)
  • 2016-2018 — Mike Grajek (33-3) *two state titles
  • 2015 — Aaron Tillett (11-1)
  • 2005-2014 — Jerry Parker (80-33) *two state titles
  • 1997-2005 — Garry Walker (52-55)

  • 1995-1996 — Tom Crittenden (1-17)

  • 1992-1994 — Jerry Parker (13-17)

  • 1975-1991 — Tom Crittenden (113-62) *four state titles
  • 1972-1974 — Kent Frazier (24-26)
  • 1969 — Doug Toole (4-4)

  • 1967-1968 — Roy Ritchie (5-13)

  • 1958-1966 — Unknown (25-35-1)

  • 1952-1957 — Hue Jewkes (23-16-2)

  • 1913-1951 — Unknown (13-58-2)


South Summit All-State at-a-glance

Deseret News MVPs the past 10 years
  • 2018 — Kael Atkinson, QB
  • 2017 — Kael Atkinson, QB
  • 2014 — Ty Jones, QB
  • 2013 — Colby Averett, RB/LB

Deseret News First Team all-staters the past 10 years
  • 2018 — Jared Dansie, WR
  • 2018 — Braden Lundgreen, WR
  • 2018 — Drew Howard, OL
  • 2018 — Bruce Mitchell, DL
  • 2018 — Hagen Miles, LB
  • 2017 — Cole Georgi, DB
  • 2017 — Wyatt McNeil, DL
  • 2017 — Porter Fox, DL
  • 2017 — Jaxon Sargent, OL
  • 2017 — Keegan Stracher, WR
  • 2017 — Parker Grajek, WR
  • 2017 — Jared Dansie, RB
  • 2016 — Nick Beasley, QB
  • 2016 — Parker Grajek, WR/DB
  • 2016 — Broughton Flygare, OL/DL
  • 2016 — Jaxson Sargent, OL/LB
  • 2016 — Trey Hatch, K
  • 2015 — Isaac Tillett, RB/DB
  • 2015 — Porter Fitzgerald, RB/LB
  • 2015 — Skyler McCormick, OL/DL
  • 2014 — Colby Averett, RB/LB
  • 2014 — Bracken Santos, RB/LB
  • 2014 — Isaac Tillett, RB/KR
  • 2014 — Hunter Angel, OL/DL
  • 2014 — Daxton Hansen, LB
  • 2013 — Ty Jones, QB

  • 2013 — Brad Richins, OL/DE

  • 2013 — Hunter Angell, OL/LB

  • 2012 — Hayden Packard, RB/DB

  • 2012 — Jay Reidhead, RB/LB

  • 2012 — Brad Richins, OL/DE

  • 2011 — Bonner Mitchell, OL/DL

  • 2011 — Lucas Rydalch, OL/DL

  • 2010 — Parker Anderson, QB/DB

  • 2010 — Cody Angell, OL/DL

  • 2010 — Chance Field, OL/LB

  • 2010 — Levi Thompson, RB/LB

  • 2010 — Trevor Rydalch, Specialist


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