It was quite the start for a 1-8 Park City High School football team hoping to end a tough 2012 season on a high note. Going into Friday's Wasatch-Park City rivalry, the Miners had won nine straight games dating back to 2003.
But the Wasps had other plans.
Wasatch shook off the early turnover and jumped out to a 21-0 first-quarter lead over the Miners en route to a 49-14 win, snapping the losing streak to its bitter rivals. Park City lost its last game of the season, dropping to 1-9 overall.
Despite the interception on the first play of the game, the strong-armed Wasatch quarterback was able to rally the Wasps, finding Talem Franco for a 75-yard touchdown pass. While the Miner offense tried to chip away at the Wasatch defense using senior running back Trevor Kelsch, Park City fell into too many third-and-long situations. Meanwhile, the Wasatch quarterback, finished 13-of-17 for 273 yards and four touchdowns.
After Wasatch running back Hunter Pella gave the Wasps a 14-0 lead on a 15-yard touchdown run, Franco and Delacenserie hooked up once again with a 14-yard touchdown to up the Wasp lead to 21-0.
Midway through the second quarter, on a 4th-and-9 play on his own 43-yard line, Moritz launched a bomb to junior receiver Alec Wing who beat his man and raced 57 yards for a touchdown, making the score 21-6.
After the Park City defense held Wasatch to a three-and-out, the Miner offense was driving once again, but a controversial fumble call in Wasatch territory gave the Wasps the ball back. Later in the quarter, Delacenserie found Gavin Nebeker for a 9-yard touchdown pass to up the Wasatch lead to 28-6 at halftime.
At the start of the second half, the Miner offense marched down the field on a steady diet of run calls, primarily through Kelsch, who finished with a game-high 91 yards rushing on 25 carries. On a fourth down on the Wasatch 2-yard line, Kelsch punched it in and, following a two-point conversion, the Miners had cut the Wasatch lead to 28-14 with 6:31 left in the third quarter.
However, that was as close as the Miners would get.
On the Wasps' first play following the Park City touchdown, Delacenserie found Nebeker for a 53-yard touchdown pass to give the Wasps a 35-14 lead. On the next Park City possession, Moritz threw an interception to Wasatch defensive back Kayden Connor, who returned the pick 23 yards for a touchdown.
Later in the third quarter, Wasatch running back Tate Berg added to the Wasp lead with a 9-yard touchdown run. When the clock ran out Friday night at Dozier Field, the scoreboard read: Wasatch 49, Park City 14.
Moritz had a tough outing offensively, completing 10-of-32 passes for 156 yards with six interceptions. Wing led the way with four receptions for 101 yards receiving and one touchdown. On the defensive side of the ball, Moritz, Carson Dutkanych and Trace Jorgensen had six tackles apiece. Defensive lineman John Mark Thomas had a fumble recovery, while Kelsch had a sack.