Miners clobber Canyon View in opener
The Miners biggest disappoint during the first football game of the year on Friday night was that they allowed the other team to score a touchdown. Otherwise, everything about their 69-7 rout of Canyon View was a success.
It is fitting that the Miners’ spectacular start began with a touchdown by running back Dylan Chynoweth. The junior turned in a 52-yard touchdown run which he continued to build on the rest of the evening. Chynoweth, who eventually sat down in the second half after the scoring got out of hand, still finished with a whopping 248 yards and three touchdowns on nine carries. Not bad for a kid who is taking over for past running backs like Jared Tew and Matt Wright, who both ranked as the best in the state in their respective years.
"I don’t know if you can fill those shoes, but I’m going to do my best," Chynoweth said.
Soon after that, Scott Neuenschwander got in on the act with a 20-yard touchdown. the end of the game, a total of seven different Park City players would end up in the endzone for a touchdown.
Both Neuenschwander and Erik Walker shared the quarterbacking duties in the first game and Park City head coach Brandon Matich has yet to say whether he will continue that trend in the next game.
The lopsided score also allowed a few of the Park City up-and-coming players to get into the game.
Park City back-up kicker Bethany Kanten made a little bit of history by becoming the first female to score a point for the Park City football team. Kanten, who was an all-state selection last year in soccer, came in for starter Ben Portwood on both kicks and point-after attempts in the second half of the game.
"Bethany was awesome," Chynoweth said. "I was so happy for her."
But the night belonged to Bryce Delnort, Chynoweth’s back-up, who scored the last touchdown for Park City on a 93-yard touchdown. The junior was all smiles after scoring one of the longest touchdown runs in Park City history.
"It felt really good," Delnort said. "The line opened up a hole perfectly."
Leading up to the game, Matich had been preparing his team without alot of information from Canyon View. With a new coach, there was no film to watch or plays to prepare for, so Matich just made sure his Miners were ready to play on Friday.
Canyon View finally got onto the scoreboard with four minutes in the game. Coach Matich said playing in such an unequal game was tough from a coaching standpoint.
"You try to gauge things. It’s the first game, so you let kids play. But you feel sorry," Matich said. "You don’t want to keep scoring, but you want to get better."
The celebrating stopped abruptly on Saturday morning as the Miners prepare for what is arguably their biggest game of the regular season against Logan on Friday. Not only are the Grizzlies the No. 1 ranked team in the 3A, but they are also the team that knocked Park City out of the playoffs last year en route to a state championship. The Miners haven’t forgotten, especially how they lost that game in the final 18 seconds of the contest. The Miners now practice with an 18 on their jersey, finish all weight lifting with 18 repetitions and anything else to remind them that this time around they will have to be relentless the entire game.
"I’m excited for a challenge," said Walker. "It will be a battle."
Matich said that despite the Miners’ nearly 70-point effort there were still a number of things he team needed to work on before the Logan game, including pass blocking and pass protection, which will be crucial against Logan’s Jeff Manning, one of the top passers in the state. He also hopes that with school starting on Monday, the kids will be able to keep their focus throughout the week.
The Miners will be debuting their new uniforms at the Logan game, which begins at 7 p.m. at Logan High School on Aug. 29.
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