After failing to score on its first drive on Friday night in Ogden, the Park City High School football team rebounded to score plenty of points in a 40-0 road win against Ben Lomond, extending its winning streak to three games.
Junior quarterback Ian Moritz started the scoring with an eight-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. Then the passing game took over, with senior wideout Konnor Andersen catching a 16-yard touchdown pass and senior receiver Dustin Landis catching two touchdown tosses one from 39 yards and one from 11 yards in the second quarter en route to a 26-0 halftime lead.
Junior running back Josh Pelegrin added a touchdown run in the third quarter and senior defensive back Jesse Smith returned an interception 40 yards in the fourth to conclude the Miners' scoring on the evening.
With the convincing victory, Park City is now 3-0 in the 3AA North region (3-4 overall). Park City coach Mike Shepherd said the difference between this team now and the one he had at the start of the season is like night and day.
"The last three weeks, we've played much better," he said. "We're making fewer mistakes and things are falling into place."
Though he's happy with the way the team is progressing, he said there are still things to work on most notably improving the running game.
"We're a very young offensive line and very inexperienced," he said. "They're getting better every week, but we have to continue getting better."
Defensively, Shepherd is pleased with the direction that unit is trending.
"If you look at the last three weeks, we've given up fewer points each week," he said. "It really says a lot about how much the kids are understanding their assignments. Just being in the right place is the most important thing being an athlete and making the tackle comes naturally after that. When they're in the right place, they can be more aggressive, too."
Park City will host Bear River (4-3 overall, 1-2 region) on Thursday night in a game that Shepherd said will take everything the Miners can muster.
"They're big, tough kids," he said. "We're a little quicker than they are, though, I think. We haven't been as big as most teams we've played, so this won't be any different. We just have to utilize our strengths and minimize theirs."
He added that the offense should be able to post another strong effort against the Bears' defense.
"They've given up a lot of points this year," he said. "But on film they don't look that bad defensively."
Thursday's game is scheduled to kickoff at 7 p.m. at Dozier Field.