Park City homecoming victory |

Park City homecoming victory

Jen Watkins, Of the Record Staff

Park City dominated the game starting in the first quarter as the varsity football team defeated Carbon 54-0 at the Miners’ homecoming game on Sept. 25.

The first touchdown by the Miners came within minutes of the start as quarterback Erik Walker threw a pass to wide receiver Alex Molinaro. Only three minutes later, Walker ran for a second touchdown, giving the Miners a 13-0 lead.

Just as the Dinosaurs’ offense was making progress, the Miners intercepted and running back Dylan Chynoweth scored a 37-yard touchdown.

The Miners finished the first quarter with a 31-0 lead after a field goal and two more touchdowns by running back Andrew Proctor and Chynoweth.

The second quarter didn’t get any better for the Dinosaurs who were down 47-0 at the half after a 52-yard touchdown by Chynoweth, a 28-yard touchdown by Walker and a touchdown by running back Blake Thorne.

Miners’ coach Brandon Matich made the decision to pull out the starters and play the junior varsity team in the second half. With Jackson Smith as quarterback, Miners’ wide receiver Heath Vincent made the final touchdown with two minutes left in the fourth quarter.

This was the 22nd consecutive loss for the Dinosaurs, according to Paul Martinez whose son plays on Carbon’s varsity football team. Martinez said he blames the parents, not the kids, for the Dinosaurs’ losing streak.

"They run off the coaches," he said. "They take legal action if they (have to)."

He said the current head coach, Leo Paur, is the best they’ve had out of the last five coaches.

Miners’ assistant coach Nate Brown said he would like to see the Dinosaurs get a win.

"I’m sure they’re working just as hard as any team out there," he said. "They deserve one."

The Miners play at Morgan on Oct. 1. The Miners beat Morgan last year 45-7 and Brown said he thinks the team is ready to face them again.

"I think we’re going to do well if we play the way we have been playing," he said. "(But) they’re a very tough opponent and going on the road is tough."

Morgan is currently 5-1 for the season and the Miners aren’t taking the game lightly.

"We’re getting our defenses solid and ready to stop their run," Brown said. "Offensively, we’ll just keep doing what we have been and run the ball."

Matich said he considers Morgan to be as tough an opponent as Juan Diego.

"They could defeat Juan Diego in Region," he said. "That’s how good they are."

Brown said reducing the number of penalties is going to be key in the Morgan game.

"We’ve been trying to work on it as a team," he said. "We’re not trying to get them. We’re kind of baffled at how many we have. In a tight game like this, we don’t want penalties to hurt us."

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