The Park City High School football team once again saw its offense falter on Friday night at Juan Diego.
In the Miners' 52-7 loss, the Soaring Eagle took advantage of the numerous Park City injuries and kept their perfect season alive. At 10-0, Juan Diego looks to be the class of the entire 14-team 3AA classification.
Park City coach Mike Shepherd said the Miners are working to build for the future so they can compete with programs like Juan Diego.
"We're just working hard to get to the point where we can be competitive with the great programs in the state on a yearly basis," he said. "It'll take hard work, dedication and all the things that make a program great."
After lopsided losses to Bear River and Stansbury the past two weeks, Shepherd said he was at least happy with the fight his team showed against the Soaring Eagle.
"They played hard," he said. "It's just unfortunate because we're outmanned and overmatched by some opponents right now."
Cole Nelson and Jessie Springer each had two touchdown runs and Nelson added a touchdown pass to Will Hoffler with Andrew Montoya adding a field goal to give the Soaring Eagle a 38-0 halftime advantage on Friday.
Another touchdown run by Nelson and a 10-yard touchdown pass from Alexander Hoffman to David Pleites made it 52-0 before Park City found its way onto the scoreboard via a nine-yard pass from Spencer Zur to Dustin Landis in the fourth quarter.
Even with another lopsided loss, hope is on the horizon for Park City (3-7 overall, 3-3 in region play). Despite ending the regular season on a three-game losing streak, the Miners will host a playoff game thanks to a three-game winning streak earlier in the season against Tooele, Ben Lomond and Uintah. And, in this coming Friday night's contest against Cedar, Park City starting quarterback Ian Moritz will return to the lineup after missing three games with a concussion.
"He got cleared this morning," Shepherd said on Monday. "You can see that, without him, our offense has been pretty stagnant. He can pass and he can run - he keeps the defense honest."
Moritz's return will allow senior Alec Wing to return to his usual wide receiver position, where he is one of Mortiz's favorite targets, especially in the red zone.
Against Cedar, Shepherd said the Miners will have to prepare for an option offense and a 3-4 defensive scheme.
"Todd Peacock is their coach and he was coaching them back when I was coaching before," he said. "I could have broken out a film from 10 years ago and not been able to tell the difference [between Cedar's style of play then and now]."
But, he added, that doesn't mean the game will be easy.
"They don't do anything fancy, but they do it all well," he said.
Shepherd is hoping the Miners can take advantage of their home-field advantage on Friday night.
"It always means a lot," he said. "[The ride between Cedar and Park City] is a long bus ride for anybody. Hopefully that will be advantageous to us."
But, most importantly, Shepherd said his team needs to focus on getting back to the basics this week in practice to try to stop the losing streak.
"I really hope we are enthusiastic and work hard all week," he said.
Friday night's playoff game is set to kick off at 5 p.m. at Dozier Field.