Miners shut out against Lone Peak | ParkRecord.com

Miners shut out against Lone Peak

by Adia Waldburger , of the Park Record staff

There’s no more telling way to see that the Miners had a tough defensive night against a daunting 5A Lone Peak team than to look at the 23-0 final score.

Things started off on the wrong foot right off the bat for the Miners. On the opening kick-off, the Knights kicked to Erik Walker who caught the ball on the one-yard line and almost immediately fumbled. Not much later, Lone Peak’s Cade Andrus scored a three-yard touchdown to put the Knights ahead 7-0.

The Miners difficulties continued as the Lone Peak defense made it tough for them to move the ball, earning only 45 total yards in the first half.

Troubles continued for the Miners as the game wore on. At the start of the fourth quarter, although down 13-0, it looked like the Miners could fight their way back with the ball on the Lone Peak one-yard line. That pivotal point quickly became the final turning point of the Miners’ bad night as the strong Knight defense kept Park City out of the end zone.

"That goal-line stand set the tone," Lone Peak coach Tony McGeary said.

After that, it was all Lone Peak, who marched 99 yards down the field on the next drive seal the shutout with a 23-yard touchdown pass to Chandler Allphin. Park City finished with only 166 total yards in the game.

But it wasn’t all roses for the Knights, who turned in a whopping 16 penalties on the night and did a good job of helping the Miners numerous times during the night.

"We haven’t had that many penalties all year," McGeary said. "I can’t blame anyone but ourselves."

The Miners’ defense also showed some bright spots with Alex Molinaro intercepting Lone Peak quarterback Tannon Pedersen twice in the second quarter. The first time was as the Knights were nearing another touchdown on the Park City’s three-yard line. The next was on the next Lone Peak play when Pedersen sent the ball directly into Molinaro’s arms.

"I give credit to Park City," McGeary said. "We had to play better to win the game. They’re a 3A powerhouse. Playing 3A school can be the kiss of death because you’re expected to win."

The Miners will head back on the road this Friday when they travel to Hurricane to play at 7 p.m.

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