PCHS football: Winless streak halted as Miners outrun Rabbits
After experiencing the lowest of lows in the first couple weeks of the season, the Miners were able to feel pure elation Friday night, and they relished every second of it.
The Park City High School football team secured its first win of the year Friday night at Dozier Field, defeating the visiting 3A Delta Rabbits 34-27. Following the win, the student section stormed the field and celebrated with the Miners after their stellar offensive performance.
"It was good to be able to see the kids do that and hopefully get their confidence back," said Park City head coach Kai Smalley. "To see all those (fans) come out and be so involved in the game, not just for me, but for the players, that’s got to make it that much better. They still had their back."
Senior running back Alex Boyle rushed for a career-high 214 yards on 22 carries and two touchdowns, while sophomore quarterback Ian Moritz orchestrated a number of drives, throwing for 133 yards and three touchdowns, while also rushing for 93 yards on 13 carries.
After Delta took a 6-0 first-quarter lead, Park City responded as Moritz found junior receiver Alec Wing for an 18-yard touchdown catch.
The Rabbits and Miners would go on to trade touchdowns with Delta running back Ezra Seui scoring the next two touchdowns for the Rabbits.
Boyle responded with two touchdowns of his own — a 62-yard touchdown run and a 15-yard touchdown run — before Moritz found junior tight end Konnor Andersen for a 16-yard strike for another six.
Smalley said Moritz came out ablaze going 10-for-10 in the second half after the passing game was average in the first half.
"It’s impressive to see anyone throw 10 completions in a row, let alone a sophomore," he said. "Alec Wing has come up huge for us and it’s nice having someone of Alec’s ability at receiver and it makes it a lot easier for Ian to throw to. Trevor Kelsch has been coming up huge for in the pass game as well."
After Rabbit running back Kale Leavitt punched in a three-yard fourth-quarter touchdown, the Miners were left with the ball and a chance to win with the score tied 27-27.
Park City made the most of its opportunity.
Moritz found senior running back Kelsch for a 13-yard touchdown pass, which proved to be the game-winner for the Miners.
Following three straight weeks at Dozier Field, the Miners (1-3) hit the road for three straight, starting this Friday at Juab. The Wasps are 3-1 this season and are coming off a tight 35-26 loss to Wasatch. Juab quarterback Jeff Rowley has already thrown for 770 yards through four games and running back Dalton Harmon has five rushing touchdowns.
"I don’t want them to come out flat after Friday and expecting for it to just happen for them again," Smalley said. "They need to come out and fire it off again. The biggest thing is we use this as momentum and to be able to get back on top of where we were. I’m not going to lie, we have played a tough preseason schedule. Our kids have seen good teams and we have the experience to identify what good teams are."
Kick off at Juab is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday.
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