Miners football keeps rolling vs. Preston
September 1, 2015
Last year, the Park City High School football team needed six games to score 98 points offensively. This year, after beating Union 51-12 last week and scoring a big 48-15 road win in Preston, Idaho, on Friday night, the Miners have accumulated 99 points in just two games.
The Miners’ offense was clicking from the start on Friday night, scoring 20 points in the first quarter to make things difficult for the opposing Indians. Cameron Maddux scored on a one-yard run and Grayson Maddux scored on a two-yard run and also caught a 12-yard touchdown pass from Spencer Zur.
In the second quarter, after Preston returned one of three Zur interceptions for a touchdown, Daniel Schoon caught a six-yard touchdown pass from the Park City quarterback and Jack Root added a five-yard touchdown run to give the Miners a 34-7 advantage at intermission.
Preston scored on a one-yard run and added a two-point conversion for the only points of the third quarter, but Park City put the game away in the fourth, with Grayson Maddux finding the end zone on a 29-yard run and Beau Pederson scoring on a 45-yard interception return.
Grayson Maddux finished the game with 17 carries for 161 yards and three total touchdowns. Zur completed 12 of 15 passes for 209 yards and two touchdowns and Collin Zur led the receivers with six catches for 119 yards.
Park City Coach Mike Shepherd said Maddux’s effort on Friday night was exactly what he’s come to expect from one of the team’s senior leaders.
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"Grayson’s great," he said. "His demeanor and attitude, whether on the field or in the weight room, are the reasons we’ve had young guys buying into the program. Grayson’s game was great. He had some fantastic runs and broke a lot of tackles. He always runs downhill."
Spencer Zur’s positives outweighed the three interceptions, Shepherd said. He added that he’s not worried about the turnovers this early in the season.
"I’m not concerned about that," he said. "It’s almost a relief that he can make these mistakes early and learn from them without the outcome of the game being affected. Spencer’s only a junior and has only started one or two varsity games. He’s still learning. Those are mistakes he won’t continue to make."
The offensive outbursts in the first two weeks of the season aren’t anomalies, Shepherd said — the Miners have been working toward them since May.
"It’s something we’ve worked very hard on and the players have done a very good job of executing plays," he said. "There’s a belief that what we’re doing will work. I think we’re still learning and we have potential to get quite a bit better. This group has been great. They’ve been part of our program for a couple years now and they’ve done a great job."
The Miners’ defense only allowed eight of the 15 points on Friday night. Shepherd said, as good as the offense has been, the defense has been just as good this year.
"Our defense has improved dramatically," he said. "Our defensive coaches have worked really hard with our players. If you watch film of our team last year and this year, we run the same schemes, we just run them better."
Up next for Park City (2-0) is a matchup against Summit County rival South Summit (2-0). Shepherd said playing the Wildcats is always a good measuring stick.
"South Summit is always a great program," he said. "They’re always competitive. They’re well-coached and they pursue the ball and tackle well. For us, defensively, we have to take away what they do well. Offensively, we have to take what they’re going to give us."
Though the rivalry game will be emotional for many of the players, Shepherd said he wants every game this season to be intense for Park City.
"It’ll be great," he said. "I want them to understand that every game we play this year is a big deal. These are pretty much the same teams we played last year and we didn’t do well against them. I think they’re going to come out and play a really good game."
Friday night’s game is scheduled to kick off at 7 p.m. at Dozier Field.
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