Once the dust was settled, the previously winless Utes had thrown a monkeywrench into the Friday night Homecoming festivities, defeating Park City 51-49. The Miners for the second week in a row lost a tough game and are now 1-7 in 2012 and 0-3 in Region 10 play.
For the second week in a row, however, the Park City offense was clicking on all cylinders. Sophomore quarterback Ian Moritz was 21-of-33 through the air, tossing for 354 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed for a team-high 135 yards and one touchdown on 19 carries.
The Miners jumped out to an early 14-3 lead over the Utes on two one-yard touchdown runs by senior running back Alex Boyle. In the second quarter, both offensives took center stage as 43 total points were scored -- 22 by Park City and 21 by Uintah. Moritz found senior running back Trevor Kelsch for an 85-yard touchdown pass and later found receiver Carson Dutkanych for a 36-yard score to give Park City a 29-17 lead.
But Uintah's Hunter Conelly, who had a standout evening with three rushing touchdowns against the Miners, converted a fake field goal late in the second quarter, finding Spencer Seitz open to cut the Miner lead to 29-24 at halftime.
The shootout continued in the second half. Uintah roared out of the gates to score twice on two Conelly runs to take a 37-29 lead. But Park City marched down the field and scored on a 9-yard run by Moritz to tie the game 37-37 in the third quarter. The Miners regained the lead on a 24-yard touchdown run by Kelsch, but the extra-point attempt was blocked, leaving Park City with a 43-37 advantage.
Uintah responded again on the backs of Conelly and Dallin Siddoway to score twice and take a 51-43 lead.
However, Park City wouldn't go quietly.
The offense orchestrated a drive down to the Uintah 28-yard line and, on a 4th-and-9 play, Moritz found junior receiver Alec Wing for a 27-yard touchdown reception. But Park City missed the two-point conversion and trailed the Utes 51-49.
After the Park City defense forced a Uintah punt, the Miners took over on their own 6-yard line with 59 seconds left and worked their way down to the Uintah 20-yard line with five seconds remaining. But junior kicker Zach Slusher's 37-yard field-goal attempt was wide left as time expired and Uintah escaped with its first victory.
The road doesn't get any easier for the Miners, currently on a four-game skid.
This Friday they'll face vaunted region rival Juan Diego in Draper. The Soaring Eagle is 8-0 and is averaging 46 points per game in region play. Juan Diego is paced offensively by Nick Markosian (456 yards rushing, five touchdowns), Jessie Springer (486 yards, six touchdowns) and Chase Williams (389 yards rushing, 11 touchdowns). Soaring Eagle linebacker Dakota Cox, who leads the team in tackles (58) and sacks (2.5), is committed to the University of Cincinnati.
Kickoff at Juan Diego Catholic High School in Draper is slated for 7 p.m.
Tyler Cobb contributed to this report.