Lehi rout headed by Vought
Many players contributed to undefeated Park City’s big win over 4A foe Lehi 55-33, but none came even close to the effort of Nick Vought.
The senior running back punished the visiting Pioneers on every side of the ball, combining for 116 yards rushing, 17 yards receiving and 73 yards passing for a total of 201 yards of offense and two touchdowns.
"Nick is coming into his own," said Park City head coach Brandon Matich. "You think Jared [Tew] and Andy [ers] all the time, but Nick is just as good."
It’s this confidence in Vought that led Matich to include him in on so many plays. After watching film of Lehi in previous games and noting their use of a six-man front formation, Vought became the logical go-to guy to run the ball to the outside.
"If I get the ball to the corner, they can’t touch me," Vought said.
Matich also decided that Vought’s passing play would be an option early in the week. What neither player nor coach counted on is that the pass would be a 73-yard touchdown to Matt Govin for the first score of the game.
In fact, every time Park City passed, the ball ended up in the endzone, and each time from a different receiver. First Vought, then starting quarterback Byers on a 12-yard pass to Vought at the end of the first half and finally from back-up quarterback Searle Vincent on a 17-yard pass to Lucas Tucker in the fourth quarter.
The option-loving Miners also did plenty of running, with rushing touchdowns by Byers, Tew, Vought and freshman Dylan Chenoweth. Tew was back in his usual form with two long runs of 47- and 56-yards en route to 184 total yards on just 11 carries.
Park City’s potent offense combined with an unforgiving defense in the first half, kept the winless Pioneers from even scoring in the first half.
"I told our kids we would win this game defensively," Matich said. "Our defense did the job."
The Pioneers finally got on the scoreboard in third quarter on a one-yard run by Chris Searle but did not began scoring consistently until the fourth quarter when they scored four touchdowns against Park City junior varsity and freshman units.
Matich also benefited, because his second and third units gained valuable playing time and game experience.
"It’s good, because you can’t substitute experience," Matich said. "It goes a long, long way."
Extra experience is just what the Miners will need as they prepare for their last Region 10 game against Union on Thursday night. Mathematically out of the playoff picture, Matich knows that the Cougars would like nothing more than to ruin the Miners’ perfect season.
"They have nothing else to play for," Matich said. "We just have to get after it."
A combination of big, strong athletes and a hard-nosed, rodeo star of a quarterback in Rhen Richard and a long-standing rivalry should make for a heated battle.
"This is a good football team," Matich said. "Out of all the region games, this is the one they [the Miners] are looking forward to."
The Miners will host Union next Thursday at Dozier Field at 7 p.m.
North Summit- The Braves wrapped up the 2A North division region title with a win over Grand 28-16. Dallin Donaldson led North Summit with three touchdowns. The win marked the second victory over division topping teams. North Summit tied with Juab with a record of 5-1 in league play, but the Braves’ 18-0 win over Juab out last week gave them the No. 1 seed heading into the playoffs. The 2A playoffs will begin Oct. 27 and 28.
South Summit- South Summit beat the American Leadership Academy 50-14 and gave the Wildcats a fourth place finish in the 2A North division. The 2A playoffs will begin Oct. 27 and 28.
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