Park City youth football teams sweep Brighton
On Saturday, Aug. 25, at Dozier Field, the Park City Youth Ute Football hosted Brighton in its season-opening endowment game, an annual preseason scrimmage. The players, ages 8 to 14, always look forward to playing on the high school field. According to District President Shawn Long, this is the first time in the last five years of the endowment games that Park City has won at every age division.
The Continental Gremlin team, made up of mostly first-year players, ages 8 to 9, started strong two strong drives resulting in touchdowns. The United Gremlin team, made up of mostly second-year 9-year-old players, dominated both sides of the ball the entire game. The powerful line and fast backs where too much for the opposition to handle. The 10 year olds, playing in the Pee-Wee division, put on a similar display of dominance, winning handedly. These younger teams are playing a fast paced, no-huddle single-wing offense. The focus is on keeping it simple while learning the fundamentals of blocking and tackling.
The 12-year-old Midget-division team controlled both the offensive and defensive lines of scrimmage. The linemen were definitely the stars of the game. Lineman Carter Hall, Adam Hodgson, Trevor Feldkircher, Eric Morgan, Gavin Shenk, David Guerro, Sage Doman, James Groesz and Cameron Poulsen were tremendous. Morgan Lukrich and Conner Christoffersen were beasts on both the defensive and offensive line of scrimmage. The squad had five different players score touchdowns, including Tyler Shea, Cody Falk, Grant Brown, Cy Coleman and Morgan. The team’s three quarterbacks, Joey Lukrich, McCoy Tibbitts and Shea, all played well. Park City also had two interceptions from Coleman and Falk on the defensive side.
"It was a good day of football," said Cal Coleman, head coach. "Our wiry, hard-hitting defensive end, Marquel Solipo, and fullback Penn Komisar were injured."
The 13-to-14-year-old Bantam team played a terrific game on both sides of the ball and soundly beat the Brighton Bengals 45-7. It was a double-touchdown game for both Ruben Rivera, who scored on runs of 40 and two yards, and Connor Keizer with 27-yard rushing and 17-yard receiving touchdowns. The Miner offense, helmed by quarterbacks Spencer Zur and Brody Burke, also had a 16-yard touchdown run by Jack Lecher and a nice 15-yard gain by Ben Towery. The offensive line, the unsung heroes of the game, dominated the overmatched Bengals and the Miners did not have to punt. Defense and special teams played a crucial role in the win. The defense held Brighton to two first downs, knocked down several passes and made tough tackles throughout the game. Elijah Alford created touchbacks with his booming kickoffs, pinning the Bengals back each time, helping to win the battle of field position. Collin Zur had a 21-yard kickoff return, and Grant Gabrielson recovered a fumble deep in Bengal territory, which led to the Miners’ final touchdown of the game.
The next home game is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 8, at Ecker Hill Middle School beginning at 9 a.m.
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