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Trio of Wildcats voted to 4A All-State first team
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WOODS CROSS’ DEION SAUMALU (No. 42) was voted to the 4A All-State First Team. The junior racked up 67 tackles and four sacks as a linebacker for the Wildcats.
Photo by Jen Barnett |
WOODS CROSS’ DEION SAUMALU (No. 42) was voted to the 4A All-State First Team. The junior racked up 67 tackles and four sacks as a linebacker for the Wildcats. Photo by Jen Barnett |


Clipper Sports Editor

WOODS CROSS – A trio of Woods Cross Wildcats football players was voted by the coaches of the 4A class as first team All-State selections.

Nick Peterson, Deion Saumalu and Xequille Harry were voted onto the list after helping the Wildcats to their first 4A semi-finals appearance in 20 years.

Also on the 4A first team list was Ryan Curtis of Bountiful. The Brave made the first team list as a kick returner.

In the 5A All-State selection, a trio of Davis High School Darts were also voted onto the list; however, none made the first team.

Peterson made the list as an offensive lineman, and was one of the team’s anchors on the offensive front.

He was a starter for two straight seasons.

Saumalu played linebacker for the Wildcats this season, and racked up 67 tackles with four sacks and an interception.

Harry, who served as a cog on both the offense and defense for Woods Cross, made the list as a cornerback after picking off six passes this season. Two of those passes were returned for touchdowns in the Wildcats’ opening round playoff game against Box Elder.

Harry also had 34 receptions for 734 yards and eight touchdowns as a receiver.

Curtis was Bountiful’s only member to make the first team, and finished the 2013 season with 23 catches for 423 yards and three touchdowns. 

The senior also had 50 tackles, 2.5 sacks and two interceptions on defense for the Braves.

On the 5A list is a quartet of Davis High School players including second team mentions Kawika Tupuola and Matt Morrell, and honorable mentions Colton Chronister and Davis Hanson.

Tupuola led the team in sacks for the second season in a row, getting 4.5 sacks and 51 tackles.

Morrell, who intercepted six passes as a defensive back, also made the second team list. Morrell was tied for second among all class 5A defenders in interceptions.

Chronister’s honorable mention comes after guiding the Darts to an undefeated regular season. The senior combined for 2,350 yards passing and rushing and 22 touchdowns.

Hanson led the team with 80 tackles, and intercepted two passes this season.

Syracuse kicker Romney Harker and running back Kavika Fonua were the only Davis County high school players to make the 5A first team list. 

Harker made 13 field goals and 28 extra points, and Fonua rushed for 740 yards and 13 touchdowns for the Titans.

Other locals who made the 5A list were: Syracuse’s Kaden Craig (second team) and Teague Vigil (honorable mention), Layton’s Stetson Wood (second team), Davis Marriott (honorable mention) and Jordan Jaramillo (honorable mention), Northridge’s Josh Hawes (second team), Dayan Lake (second team), Jace Colby (honorable mention) and Austin Ricks (honorable mention). 

Other locals on the 4A list were: Woods Cross’ Gavin Moore (second team), Siale Mausia (second team), Tomasi Giles (honorable mention), Mason Newton (honorable mention) and Braxton Gunther (honorable mention), and Bountiful’s Jordan Hayes (second team), Houston Heimuli (honorable mention), Tanner Redding (honorable mention), Max Latu (honorable mention) and Sam Merrill (honorable mention).

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