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Mighty Mites finish season 9-0

Ryan Tibbitts, For the Record

The Park City Ute Conference Mighty Mite Continental football team ended its regular season with a convincing 30-0 victory over the Grantsville Cowboys to finish with a perfect 9-0 record Saturday.

Grantsville came into the game with the second-best record in the league, and for a few series of downs, looked as if it might threaten Park City’s perfect record on a cold day in Park City with much of the field covered with crusty snow.

But once the Miners warmed up and got the offense in high gear, the Cowboys were handed their worst defeat of the season.

As they have done all year, the Park City linemen manhandled the opposing line on both sides of the ball, allowing the Park City offense to run at will and stopping the Cowboys cold time after time.

Connor Keizer, Gavin Schenk, Ethan Hoogeveen, Ray Kinsman, Chris Krebs, Maclane Vipond, Noah Potts, Jack Loyens and Jack Dalton operated like a snow plow all day, clearing a path for the Park City ball carriers.

After a sustained drive down the field, quarterback McCoy Tibbitts opened the scoring for Park City with a one-yard sneak behind a snow-patrol block from Hoogeveen and Keizer.

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Park City’s next score came when running back Cy Coleman took a handoff on a sweep around the right end and raced past the Grantsville defense for a 30-yard touchdown.

A swift cut back at the 10-yard line allowed Coleman to coast into the end zone for the touchdown.

Late in the first half, Tibbitts scored again on a 15-yard dash around the left end with a dive into the end zone. The half ended with the score 18-0.

Park City kicked off to Grantsville to begin the second half. Rather than tackle the ball carrier, Park City defender Jonas Loyens decided he did not want to end up in the snow with the Grantsville return man so he ripped the ball out of the shocked Cowboy’s hand and sprinted 40 yards the other way for a Park City touchdown.

Receivers Ben Butcher and Jack Loyens made beautiful receptions of long passes to keep the ball moving for Park City.

Receivers Mark Vausbinder and Chance Denison also made key receptions to move the ball down the field. The final touchdown for Park City came on a beautiful 50-yard sprint by running back Alex Olsen as he blew past the entire Grantsville defense on an off-tackle run.

"This team is really a joy to coach," said head coach Cal Coleman. "They are a fun, hard-nosed group of kids, and I really like to turn them loose and watch them play."

The playoffs begin weekend for the Miners as they travel to the Salt Lake Valley as the No.1-seeded team in the league.

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