Miners trounce Dixie Friday, advance to state quarterfinals
The Miners football squad trounced Dixie Friday evening, 36-14, to advance to the 4A state quarterfinals. Park City was powered on in the contest by a well-rounded effort and capitalized on Flyer errors on defense while adding some offensive firepower of their own.
In the quarterfinals, the Miners will face Timpanogos for the second time this season, at Dozier Field Friday night. Park City defeated the Timberwolves on the road in week three of the regular season, 35-33.
The Miners will look for a strong showing by signal caller Lincoln Jackson, who had an up-and-down showing last Friday yet showed flashes of brilliance. Jackson had missed significant chunks of time during the regular season. Working him back into the fold in recent weeks paid dividends for Park City against Dixie. Park City Head Coach Josh Montzingo lauded Jackson’s performance last week, saying he “kind of played the way we know he’s possible and capable of … really proud of him.”
The Miners will also hope to get star tailback Will McCurdy healthy before taking on a red hot Timberwolves bunch. Timpanogos has won five straight, including their Friday night demolition of Mountain Crest.
Montzingo touched upon what was at the time a potential rematch with the Timberwolves, saying it would be “a war.” He said their team is a disciplined and well-coached one and that he hoped his team’s home field advantage come into play.
“It’s always great to play at home,” he said. “That was one of the things we were most proud about, finishing our season the way we did so we could get this home field advantage.”
Everything will be on the line for these two teams come 6 p.m. Friday. The victor will earn a place in the state semifinals on Nov. 9 at Rice-Eccles Field down in Salt Lake, while the loser will face a swift end to their magical season. Tickets are $5 (students and seniors) and $10 (everyone else), and can be purchased online or at the gate at Dozier Field.
Entering the contest widely predicted to keep things tight, due to their typically staunch defense and turnover free offense, Kyle Whittingham’s bunch was surprisingly dominated on both sides of the ball by the Dan Lanning-led Ducks.
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