Miners rolling in Region 10
It’s starting to look official.
The Miners football squad just may be the real deal. The Miners pulled off their sixth victory this season, and second win in Region 10,by beating the Uintah Utes 38-23 on Friday night.
But Park City head coach Brandon Matich says that region competition has yet to be convinced.
"I still feel that the Morgans and Wasatchs are waiting for us to lose," Matich said. "It’s like we have to prove ourselves every week."
They easily proved themselves to Judge with a shutout and now can count Uintah as believers.
The campaign was led by the Miners potent ground attack proved once more to be unstoppable. Matich said that the long bus ride made his team a bit lethargic early in the game, but once they got on the board they led the Utes.
There had been some talk earlier in the week from Uintah fans that Miners star running back Jared Tew would be shut down. Evidently Tew was not paying attention, compiling 192 yards rushing on 16 attempts and one touchdown. He was joined by fellow back Searle Vincent, who was the first to put the Miners on the board, first with a five-yard run into the endzone in the first quarter and later in the second quarter, a 20-yard run. Running for 66 yards on six attempts, Vincent averaged 11 yards per carry, just one yard less than Tew’s average of 12. Nick Vought also got in on the act with a nine-yard rushing touchdown, also in the second.
Uintah answered back at the end of the first half with a 30-yard pass from quarterback Taylor Jeski to receiver Curtis Hautamaki to make the score 24-7.
Midway through the second half, Park City starting quarterback Andy ers went down with leg cramps and Vincent once more stepped up for the Miners, calmly guiding the Miners through the rest of game.
"Searle was dynamite," Matich said. "He came in and ran in the option beautifully. He’s so calm and collected. He’s a special kid."
Things didn’t really heat up though, until the fourth quarter as the Miners continued to pile on points with a touchdown by Tew on an 18-yard run and a six-yard rushing touchdown by Wes Uribe. Park City’s defense was able to hold the Utes until the final minutes of the game, when Brett Childs scored two touchdowns on long runs of 25 and 20 yards.
In total, the Park City defense held the Utes to 297 yards of total offense, relenting only at the end of the fourth quarter, when the Utes gained 91 yards and two touchdowns.
The Miners racked up 403 yards of offense. Blake Henrie had two sacks, and Colton Nichter, Dillon Slaugh and Calvin Mutcher each had one apiece. Tew led defensively as well with 13 tackles. Maurice Crichlow also had a strong game with 11.
Tew’s nearly 200-yard performance puts the league-leading back at over 1,000 yards on the season. In six games he is averaging 170 yards per game and has 1,019 total yards well on track to break the 2,000-yard mark by the season’s end. He also showed his skill on shorter gains.
"He was showing his other side when he was powering the football," Matich said.
The tests won’t stop for the Miners anytime soon. Next up is region neighbor Wasatch, ranked second in Region 10 with a record of 4-2 overall and 1-1 in region. Matich is already preparing the Miners for the Wasp’s strong, physical defense and being able to get off the ball quickly.
"This is a transition game. This is that pivotal game when you set yourself apart or join the rest of the season," Matich said.
Last year, the Miners crushed Wasatch’s region title hopes in an upset in Heber on their homecoming weekend. Matich worries that now the Miners are in control of the region and the rematch falls on Park City’s homecoming weekend.
"It’s kind of a rivalry game," Matich said. "This is a huge game for us."
The Miners will host the Wasps on Friday, Sept. 29 at Dozier Field at 7 p.m.
South Summit- The Wildcats were held to a mere 80 yards by Juab in a defensive battle that ended in a 12-0 shutout. Next game — Manti at South Summit on Sept. 29 at 7 p.m.
North Summit-Nathaniel Richins made a game-sealing 27-yard touchdown to beat Gunnison 23-7. Next game — American Leadership Academy at North Summit at on Sept. 29 at 7 p.m.
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