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Senior Night stomping

Adia Waldburger, of the Record staff

Coach Brandon Matich blamed it on the Reggie Bush highlights on youtube.com; quarterback Searle Vincent thought it was more reminiscent of a touchdown made last week by the NFL’s Maurice Jones Drew; but when Colton Nichter threw his big lineman body into the end zone after recovering a fumble and rumbling in for the sixth touchdown of what would become a very lopsided 49-6 victory over Emery on Thursday, it was a moment all his own.

"I’ve been waiting all season for a touchdown and it finally came," Nichter said, although admitting that his moves were meant to be more like the Cincinnati Bengals’ Chad Johnson.

Nichter had tried to score earlier in the year on a tackle-eligible play, but it didn’t happen. So it was a perfect end to his last home game as a senior when he was able to grab the ball from the struggling Emery for the 17-yard score.

"I don’t know if he’s ever scored before," Matich said, smiling.

But the night was about more than just Nichter, as fellow seniors shined on their special night. Running back Matt Wright racked up over 100 rushing yards but the night belonged to Vincent. The signal caller ended the evening on the ground with eight carries on 90 yards rushing and three touchdowns, and went 2-for-4 and 59 yards through the air including a long 55-yard pass to Eric Walker in the second quarter. It was Vincent’s biggest game yet after missing much of the beginning of the season with a wrist injury.

"He was playing a lot better," Matich said. "He was running and throwing better and it’s a better football team when he plays that way."

The night actually started with Vincent, who scored on a 24-yard quarterback keep after Emery went three plays and out on the opening drive.

"I sat out for awhile so it took awhile to get back into the flow," Vincent said. "It took awhile to get the arm back into shape."

It was all Park City after that as four other teammates Dylan Chynoweth, Erik Walker, Wes Uribe, and, of course, Nichter, all found their way into the endzone, leading by a whopping 42-0 at halftime.

It was also a big night for the Park City defense, which literally shut Emery down and capitalized on a number of turnovers, including an interception by Blake Henrie that eventually became a touchdown and, Nichter’s highlight reel-worthy score.

Finally, in the fourth quarter, with the second- and third-string players in for Park City, Emery finally got on the scoreboard when Cody Allen ran 75 yards for Emery’s lone touchdown.

The crushing win over non-conference Emery won’t factor into the Miners’ regular season record, but it was a confidence booster all the same. Nichter said Matich told the team to view the game as the first of one of the playoffs. The team came out playing a near perfect game, minus a few fumbles and penalties.

"Our team is playing with a lot of passion, Matich said.

Nichter says that memories of last year’s early exit in the first round of the playoffs is still there, but this year the team is trying to focus and be fully prepared for each team in their path.

"We’ve still got four more games to win , but it was a good senior night," Vincent said.

The Miners will play at Logan High School in the first round of the 3A State football playoffs on Friday, Oct. 26, at 4 p.m.


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