Park City rolls past Richfield
During summer football training camp, Park City senior Nick Vought promised himself that this would be his breakout year, and this Friday he got one step closer to his goal, contributing to the Miners’ rout of Richfield, 54-7.
Make that a few extra steps.
Vought recorded whopping 214 total yards and 16 points. In addition to returning an inception 50 yards for a touchdown, and adding a touchdown and two-point conversion run, the senior also had 71 yards on two punt returns and 50 yards on two kickoff returns.
"I can’t believe this is happening to me," said the beaming Vought. "I was really hoping that this would be a breakout game for me."
Head coach Brandon Matich said that before the game he had told Vought that he wanted to get the ball to him and teammate Searle Vincent. But not even Matich was expecting Vought to make an impact in as many ways as he did.
"I was hoping he’d have a game like that," Matich said.
Vought wasn’t the only Miner having a big night. Besides an early-game touchdown catch by Jordan Barney, a sputtering 2A Richfield offense and defense struggled to get anything going against Park City. On defense, both Colton Nichter and Maurice Crichlow got in on the scoring act, each making fumble returns for touchdowns in the first quarter. Park City recoded 166 yards of their 260 total yards in the first half alone, and the score ballooned to 47-7 by halftime.
The wide lead allowed Park City to give some of the younger and more inexperienced kids playing time. Matich said every player had an opportunity to get into the game. Freshman running back Dylan Chynoweth managed to get his name on the stat sheet with his first varsity touchdown on a three-yard run at the end of the game.
"It gives our other guys game experience. You can’t substitute that," Vought said.
On defense, 34 different guys had the opportunity to play, and starters Jared Tew and Daniel Modrovsky led the way with multiple tackles and a sack from Modrovsky.
It also allowed the starters the chance to relax before a very competitive league schedule, which starts in two weeks against perennial rival Judge Memorial. The surging Miners are already tightly focused on their goal of making it to post-season play, but are mindful of the tough teams in their region, like Judge, Union and Uintah, that they must beat to make it there.
"The most important part of the season starts in two weeks, " Matich said
The Miners will look for big contributions from players like Vought and Tew, who is already reading one of the leading prep rushers in the nation and added to his season totals with 135 yards on eight carries against Richfield.
In the meantime, the Miners will wrap up the preseason with their first home game against Ogden. It will be the first time Park City has played on grass thus far, and Matich is hopping the boys are ready for the change.
"It’s our first road game, so it could be a challenge. This will be a good game for them," Matich said.
The Miners will face the Ogden Tigers on the road on Friday, Sept. 8 at 7 p.m.
North Summit- The 3-0 Braves continued their winning ways beating Manti, 37-24 on the road. Nathaniel Richins had another big night, racking up 200 yards of total offense and two touchdowns. Cameron Garfield did his part by contributing 101 yards on eight carries fro North Summit.
South Summit- The Wildcats got back on the winning track as played host to Gunnison Friday and beat them soundly 38-7. Brayden Stembridge scored two touchdowns for South Summit, contributed to the team’s 393 yards of total offense. J.D. Lewis, Cody Wall and Conor Peterson also scored one touchdown apiece.
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