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Park City Miners suffer first loss of the season

Jen Watkins, Of the Record staff

It looked like a sure victory for the Miners’ varsity football team as they played Juan Diego Friday at home, but several errors in the second half cost the Miners the game as they lost 31-14.

The first touchdown was made by 3A defending champions Juan Diego. However, thanks to the Miners’ defense, the Soaring Eagles couldn’t get a second touchdown in the first two quarters. Meanwhile, quarterback Erik Walker breaks through the line after retrieving the ball from running back Dylan Chynoweth, giving the Miners their first touchdown with just a little over six minutes left in the first quarter.

The second quarter was just as impressive as the Miners scored their second touchdown and kept the Soaring Eagles from scoring. Pressure from the defense left the Juan Diego quarterback with an ankle sprain that may keep him out for several games, according to Juan Diego Coach John Colosimo.

The Miners played a five-man front on defense and nose guard Scott Adams, who played his first game Friday night following an injury, was a key factor in keeping Juan Diego at bay.

But it ended there for the Miners. A turnover in the third quarter, followed by an interception by Juan Diego, kept the Miners on the defensive throughout the second half. A Park City fake punt that backfired and three fumbles in less than five minutes by Walker, and the game was over. And although the referees appeared oblivious to horse collars made by Juan Diego on Park City players, it’s doubtful it would have changed the outcome of the game.

"We fumbled a lot," Park City Coach Brandon Matich said. "(We had) poor field positioning (and) made stupid mistakes in the second half."

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Assistant Head Coach John Chynoweth said the Miners may have lost, but they walked away knowing they could beat Juan Diego if they fixed those critical mistakes.

"I don’t think (Juan Diego) ever had a team play them that rough in two years," he said.