At the end of the day any loss is a loss, but this year's Park City Miners experienced their first heart-wrenching loss of the 2012 season Friday evening in Roosevelt.

After jumping out to a 14-0 lead over the Cougars, the Miners entered into a seesaw battle with Union before eventually falling, 28-27. The loss was Park City's third in a row since its first win of the year, 34-27 over Delta at home on Sept. 7. The Miners are now 1-6 through seven games and 0-2 in Region 10 play.

"We played a good four quarters and just couldn't come out on top," said Park City head coach Kai Smalley. "We had our chances and played well, but we're just not quite there yet. We definitely got better this week."

Park City led 7-0 in the first quarter thanks to a 20-yard pass from sophomore quarterback Ian Moritz, who found his favorite target, junior receiver Alec Wing, for a 20-yard touchdown. Later in the first, Moritz sprinted 72 yards for a touchdown to give the Miners an early double-digit lead.

"We did a pretty good job running the ball, which was able to set up and open up the pass for us," Smalley said. "We still need to work on our protection and getting Ian the time to throw the ball. Ian has been taking advantage of what he's given, too. It was good to see everyone come together and see some things clicking offensively."

However, the Cougars would respond.

In the second quarter, Union equaled the score 14-14 when quarterback Nic Smith rushed for two touchdowns.


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The two teams were deadlocked 14-14 at halftime.

In the third quarter, Miner senior running back Alex Boyle gave Park City the lead once again with a 22-yard touchdown run. But later in the quarter, Union's Smith found Tye Winterton for a 15-yard touchdown pass, knotting the score at 21-21.

Boyle added a 2-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter, but Park City's extra-point attempt failed and Union was able to capitalize.

Smith had the final say as he scored on a four-yard touchdown run and Winterton hit the extra point, giving the Cougars their fourth win of the year, 28-27.

"You're always going to be a little disappointed when you put together a good game plan and the kids execute it well and we still weren't able to finish it," Smalley said.

Park City was paced offensively by Moritz, who rushed for 151 yards on 17 carries and threw for 149 yards and one touchdown on 13-of-23 passing attempts. Boyle added 107 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries, while senior running back Trevor Kelsch had 68 yards on 15 carries.

Wing had a team-high 73 yards receiving and one touchdown on five catches, while junior Dustin Landis had 56 yards on five receptions.

Kelsch led the way defensively for the Miners, finishing with a team-high nine tackles. Matt Payne had seven and Konnor Andersen and Landis each had six.

Park City returns home after three weeks on the road this Friday and is scheduled to host the winless Uintah Utes (0-6) on Homecoming night. Kickoff at Dozier Field is scheduled for 7 p.m.

"We've got to be able to come out and forget last week," Smalley said. "We've got to work off what we did right and capitalize on those improvements.

"I told our guys as we were walking off the field at Union that they couldn't let them beat us on the field and next week. I told them we needed to walk off with the attitude that that one is over and we need to move on."