Editorial: Quality football a must-see this fall
September 29, 2015
It’s fall in Park City and, for the first time in a few years, Miner football fans have something to cheer about. After struggling through several seasons of lackluster records and uninspiring performances, this year’s Park City High School football squad is 4-2 and racing toward the 3AA playoffs.
Meanwhile, down the road in Kamas and Coalville, South Summit (6-0) and North Summit (4-2) are playing great football, as usual. (And, for good measure, the University of Utah is 4-0 and just walloped Oregon 62-20 to move up to No. 10 in the AP college football rankings.)
The Miners’ four wins have already surpassed their win total from the last two years combined. Coach Mike Shepherd, in his second stint leading the team, and his coaching staff have turned the PCHS program into an exciting on-field product.
Park City features a high-octane passing offense, led by quarterback Spencer Zur and his twin brother, Collin, at receiver. South Summit has a stable of quick running backs, led by speedster Isaac Tillett, one of the fastest players in the state. North Summit has a more traditional power-rushing attack, featuring Tristan Woolstenhulme, who recently ran for 288 yards in a big win for the Braves.
As the Wildcats aim for their third-straight 2A state title and the Braves try their best to put an end to that streak, the Miners look to end their string of playoff disappointments. With four regular-season games left for Park City and three remaining for both North and South Summit, every play counts and every win matters.
With so much on the line, now is the time for local football fans to get in on the action. Whether you enjoy the Miners’ spread offense and swarming defense, the speed the Wildcats display on both sides of the ball, or the brute strength with which the Braves control the line of scrimmage, the three Summit County teams offer a style of play perfect for everyone.
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Park City is on the road for three weeks, but has one final home game on Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. The Miners will square off against Logan in a game that could have serious playoff seeding implications.
North Summit and South Summit each have two remaining home games. The Braves host Millard this Friday and the Wildcats host Summit Academy in a rematch of last year’s 2A state championship game. The big game, however, will take place on Thursday, Oct. 15, when South Summit hosts North Summit in a matchup that could decide the top seed in the 2A North region. Currently, both teams are undefeated in region play.
With all three local football squads having great seasons so far, football fans should attempt to catch some of the action live. The Friday night lights always shine bright in places like Texas and Florida, but Summit County’s lights are shining pretty brightly this fall, too.