Miners football team falls in Bear River
The Park City High School football team was determined to keep its momentum going after a big region win against Ben Lomond last week. After clinching a playoff spot with the victory, the Miners wanted to take the next step against a Bear River team that entered Thursday night’s contest with a 1-6 record.
That’s not what happened, however. The Miners found themselves down 36-7 before they could even catch their breaths in what ultimately became a 43-13 loss.
Trailing 7-0 after one quarter, Park City watched as the Bears put up 29 points in the second quarter to take the 36-7 advantage into the halftime break. Bear River had three touchdown runs, an interception return for a touchdown and a 50-yard passing score in the first two quarters alone. The Bears’ only score in a slower-paced second half was on another run.
Park City’s first-half touchdown came on a one-yard run by Ian Moritz. In the second half, quarterback Spencer Zur hit Moritz with a three-yard pass for the game’s final score.
Park City coach Mike Shepherd said big plays again came back to bite the Miners against an explosive Bear River squad.
"It was us having breakdowns," he said. "We had lots of plays where we did really well and stopped them. Then we’d have a breakdown and they’d have a big play."
But, he added, when factoring in 43 points allowed, only 13 points scored and a blocked punt, none of the Miner units had a good day.
"We struggled in all facets of the game," he said.
After a good performance in last week’s win against Ben Lomond, Shepherd said the offensive line problems that have plagued the Miners all year long were back in a big way.
"Our biggest problem is we haven’t been able to block really well," he said. "Teams see that on film and they pack the box and come after us. We have to do a better job of pass protecting and blocking. It’s not just one person it’s overall."
Shepherd added that a lack of varsity experience adds to the Miners’ troubles.
"During a majority of that game, we were playing nine underclassmen on offense," he said. "You just have to be realistic about what their capabilities are. We’re playing teams that are senior-laden and they’re coming after us. We have to play who we’re given and most of them aren’t quite ready for the varsity level."
But, he continued, gaining experience this year will hopefully transition to success next year.
"Hopefully they’re going to learn a lot," he said. "I hope the young kids learn that it takes a certain mentality to have a quality program. That starts in the offseason."
Now Park City (2-6 overall, 1-3 in 3AA North) must prepare to take on Stansbury (7-1, 5-0) on Wednesday night.
"That’s probably going to be our toughest opponent of the year," Shepherd said. "They’re a senior-laden team. They’re experienced and they’re playing well right now. They walloped Juan Diego [63-21 on Thursday]."
Shepherd said the Miners are going to keep working hard during practice to improve before the playoffs begin.
"We’re trying to stay positive and do the right thing," he said.
Wednesday’s game at Stansbury is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. The Miners will return home on Friday, Oct. 24, for a game against Juan Diego.
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