Back on track
Lest anybody was thinking that the Miners would just disappear after their rough 38-14 loss at Logan last week, the Park City High school football came storming back at Morgan on Friday in a triumphant fashion.
OK, so maybe not quite storming. It did take the Miners a little while to warm up and figure out the Trojans’ game plan, but once they did, they never looked back. the third quarter, the Park City attack was in full force as they easily rolled over Morgan 45-7.
"Last week we were pretty flat," said Park City’s Erik Walker. "This week we were focused. We came out and played our game."
Sophomore Skyler Barkdull scored the first and only Miner touchdown in the first half on a five-yard run. Kicker Ben Portwood later added a field goal to put the Miners up 10-7 heading into the first half.
Then, in the second half, Park City was able to break the scoring wide open led by the team’s jack-of-all positions, Walker. With about six minutes left in the third, Walker, who sees time at running back, wide receiver and quarterback, ran the ball in for a 23-yard touchdown that started a scoring spree. He followed that touchdown with an amazing 85-yard scoring run three minutes later, and then another one-yard quarterback sneak for a touchdown at the start of the fourth quarter. He would end his chart-topping night with a 17-yard pass to wide receiver Tony Epperson for the Miners’ last touchdown on the night.
Walker was quick to praise the lineman for opening up so many holes.
"Our line stepped up a whole lot," he said. "They had great blocking."
Walker finished the night with 185 yards on seven carries and a pass for a touchdown. Behind him was running back Dylan Chynoweth, who snuck in a touchdown of his own in the fourth quarter. He finished the game with 105 yards on 22 carries.
"That was the triple option to its greatest," said a breathless Chynoweth after the game.
Matich said that during halftime, a couple of his assistant coaches were able to break down the Trojans’ weaknesses and had the team totally prepared for the second half.
"My coaches made some great adjustments," Matich said. "They noticed some things and we were able to expose them."
When the Miners weren’t scoring left and right, the Park City defense was busy stifling the Trojans. According to lineman Greg Sardo, after the devastating loss in Logan last week, the team was more focused in practice and came out determined to win this game. Sardo did his part, recording one sack and two tackles for losses on Friday night.
"Defensively, we came out ready to play," he said. "We were prepared mentally and physically."
Matich was proud of the team’s effort against the Trojans, but kept the comeback in perspective. He said that the Miners will "have their hands full," in the coming weeks with top-ranked 5A Lone Peak rolling in this Friday, followed by Hurricane the next week and a difficult Region 10 schedule in the future.
"I think we took a step forward," Matich said. "We have a long way to go."
Park City will host Lone Peak at 7 p.m. on Friday.
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