For the second week in a row, the Park City High School football team battled valiantly in the first half.
After trailing Bear River 14-13 at the break last week, the Miners were only down 14-7 at halftime against Stansbury on Wednesday night at Dozier Field.
But, for the second week in a row, the Miners were blown out in the second half, losing to the Stallions 42-7, falling to 3-6 on the season (3-2 region) in the process.
Despite recovering three fumbles on the night, including two on Stansbury's first four possessions, the Miners were only able to manage a single touchdown, a 12-yard pass from quarterback Alec Wing to receiver Dustin Landis.
After the halftime break, the Stallions took over. Stansbury scored on its first four possessions of the second half, putting the game safely out of reach.
Senior receiver/linebacker Konnor Andersen said the Miners need to figure out a way to stay competitive after the second quarter if they want to advance past the first round of the playoffs.
"We have to learn how to finish," he said. "We're in games at halftime. We were in it against Bear River. We were in it against Stansbury. Those are two good teams. If we learn how to finish games, we'll be a lot better off."
He said it comes down to sticking together and not pointing fingers.
"We've got to work on our team chemistry we have to stick together," he said. "At halftime, people start bickering back and forth. We can't have people at each other's throats. We've got to stick together as a unit and know it's us vs. them, not us vs. each other."
The good news: Park City has nine days to prepare for its next game. The bad news: that game is on the road against Juan Diego. The Soaring Eagle are 9-0 overall and 5-0 in region play.
Juan Diego doesn't try to trick anyone, Andersen said. The Miners are just going to have to line up, be disciplined, and play hard.
"Juan Diego's good," he said. "Everyone in the state knows exactly what Diego's going to run. You've just got to stop it."
After rebounding from an 0-4 start with a 3-0 streak, Park City has dropped its last two games. But, with a home playoff date secured, Andersen said he and his teammates are focused on building some momentum in the Juan Diego game.
"You always want to go into that playoff game with momentum," he said. "So a win at Juan Diego would be huge."
Friday night's game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. in Draper.