As the No. 2 seed from the 2A South division, Grand had a bye last weekend while the third- through sixth-place teams in each of the two 2A divisions played first-round play-in games to qualify for the quarterfinals.
On Friday, Oct. 25, South Sevier, the No. 5 seed from the 2A South, upset Millard, the No. 3 team in the 2A North, by the score of 27-26. The game, played at Millard, went into double overtime before Millard missed an extra-point kick following a touchdown. The Rams were able to match the touchdown and successfully kick the point-after for the big victory on the road.
“They looked good against Millard, ” GCHS head coach Dennis Wells said of the Rams. Wells attended Friday’s game in Millard along with GCHS athletic director Ronald Dolphin, who is also an assistant football coach.
“They seem to be playing better than the last time we met,” Wells said of South Sevier.
The Red Devils defeated South Sevier by a score of 23-6, in rainy conditions at Monroe on Sept. 13.
“They have a big line,” Wells said. “We struggled a bit the last time we played them.”
Grand is 8-1 overall for the season, while South Sevier is 4-6. The Rams have won their last two games.
Despite being the favorite heading into the contest, Wells said the Red Devils aren’t overlooking South Sevier’s strengths.
Wells said that the team’s goal at practice this week will be centered on “working on fundamentals and staying focused.”
“The quarterfinal game is the only thing on our minds,” Wells said. “We can’t look beyond it. There is no tomorrow if we don’t take care of today.”