PeeWees keep the streak alive
The Park City 10-year-old youth football team had a big task on Saturday, Sept. 22, taking on a tough Grantsville team that beat it twice in 2011. With 23 players on the roster this year, and much improved tackling and blocking skills, the PeeWees were up to the challenge.
The first half was tight, with neither team until just before the half. Grantsville stopped the Miners on its own 4-yard line twice. But in the last second of the first half, Grantsville attempted a pass play deep in its own territory. Park City's Paul Baynes intercepted the pass and ran it into the end zone for a touchdown. Jack Skidmore finished it off with an extra-point run, giving the Miners a 7-0 lead at the half.
The Miners controlled Grantsville's offense, with several excellent defensive stops keeping the Cowboys in their own territory most of the game. Notable plays included solo sacks by Zane Severson, Ben Quinones, Parker Giblin, and Brady Baumann. Forced fumbles by Theo Mazzone and Baumann resulted in recoveries by Severson, Mazzone and Harry Lawson. Derrick Davis had an interception to round out the dominating Miners defense.
As time was expiring in the third quarter, a determined Greyson Scharffs, with key blocks from Beck Barrett and Jimmy Williams, scored on a 30-yard touchdown run. Grantsville ended up scoring for the first time in the waning minutes of the fourth quarter, but a botched two-point conversion kept the Miners on top with a 13-6 win.
By Dave Zur
The Park City 14-year-old Bantam football team lost a tough game to the Grantsville Cowboys on Saturday Sept. 22, at Ecker Hill. However, the 19-12 final score was not indicative of the effort by the Miners, who played tough throughout and dominated the game.
Slow starts have plagued the Miners this year, but the defense held Grantsville and forced a punt on the first series of downs. A quick three-and-out series showed that the Miners' offense was also perhaps a bit slow to start this game. Park City gave Grantsville good field position and allowed a scoring drive on the next series. However, a backfield tackle by Jack Severson denied the Cowboys of the extra point, giving them a 6-0 lead in the first quarter.
On the ensuing kickoff, Park City's Brody Burke took the ball on an electric 72-yard ride for a touchdown. The extra point failed, knotting the score at 6-6.
The Park City defense then stepped up and held Grantsville with passes defended by Jack Lecher, Henrí Hopgood and Collin Zur. A 15-yard punt return by Burke, a 10-yard reception by Dylan Shawhan, an 8-yard run by Ruben Rivera, and a 12-yard reception by Zur put Park City on the 5-yard line. However, this effort proved fruitless when Connor Keizer's touchdown run was nullified by a questionable holding penalty and Park City could not capitalize, turning the ball over on downs before halftime.
The second half saw the Miners' running game heating up, with the offensive line sustaining blocks on the opening drive. Park City took the lead on a 13-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Spencer Zur to twin brother Collin. However, the extra point again failed, leaving the score 12-6.
After a sustained Park City drive, Grantsville went ahead by one point with a third-quarter interception return for a touchdown and a successful extra point. Park City turned the ball over on downs after the kickoff but got possession back on an interception by Collin Zur. But again Park City could not capitalize on offense, turning the ball over on downs, and gave up a meaningless touchdown for the final score of the game.
Mity Mite update
By Stacey Meza
Park City's 11-year-old Mity Mites put up a hard fight against Grantsville on Saturday, Sept. 22, at Ecker Hill, but suffered a 7-0 loss to the Cowboys. The tight score indicates what a great defense the Mitey Mites executed and they are close to breaking loose on offense.
With only a couple of changes, things will start to turn around and points will be appearing on the scoreboard in Park City's favor.