Park City football falls to Ben Lomond
September 15, 2015
The Park City High School football team seemed to be caught off-guard by Ben Lomond on Friday night in Ogden.
After one quarter of play, the Scots held a 14-0 lead, courtesy of a Kenyon Harris touchdown pass to Deontay Nish and a touchdown run by Angelo Rios. Nish hauled in another touchdown catch from Harris, Rios added two more touchdown runs and Adrian Perez had an interception that he returned for a touchdown as Ben Lomond rolled to a big 42-29 victory.
Park City Coach Mike Shepherd said he was disappointed with the way the Miners started Friday night’s game.
"We just weren’t mentally prepared to start the game," he said. "Ben Lomond just really took it to us. They’re much improved and they played well."
Despite the slow start, the Park City offense managed to wake up starting in the second quarter. Quarterback Spencer Zur led the way, completing 28 of his 53 pass attempts for 444 yards and four touchdowns. Cameron Maddux caught the first Zur touchdown pass, a 21-yard strike. Jack Root had two second-half touchdown catches, one from 25 yards out and one from 10 yards away. Beau Pederson also caught a second-half touchdown pass, a three-yard scoring play.
Though the offense put up some gaudy numbers, Shepherd said the Miners need to finish their drives with points more often.
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"We had over 500 yards of offense, but we still only scored 29 points," he said. "We had three fumbles and two interceptions, one for a pick-six. We’ve got to put more points on the board when we’re moving the ball that effectively."
Shepherd pointed out a drive that ended with no points just before halftime as the turning point of the game.
"We could have gone in at halftime down 20-14 instead of 20-7," he said. "Then, we got the ball to start the second half and could have started with a touchdown and taken the lead. Instead, we got stopped at the one-yard line right before halftime and went in down 20-7."
During last week’s game against South Summit, Shepherd said the Miners simply didn’t make the big play when they needed to. Against Ben Lomond, he said it was more of the same.
"From everybody, there were times when we looked really good and times when we looked really bad," he said. "We just weren’t mentally focused in that game and they wanted it more than we did."
Defensively, Shepherd said the Miners weren’t effective in stopping Ben Lomond. He said there was no reason the Scots should have scored 42 points.
"It wasn’t so much what they were doing as what we weren’t doing," he said. "People were doing things they weren’t supposed to and we just weren’t able to get to our spots like we needed to."
Last week’s narrow loss took some energy out of the Miners’ practices leading up to the Ben Lomond game, Shepherd added. If Park City (2-2) wants to stop its two-game losing streak, he said the team needs to show more intensity this week.
"We’ve had a couple weeks of mediocre practices and I’m not exactly sure what’s going on in their heads right now," he said. "We need to re-focus. We’re going to have to re-evaluate starting today. The kids are going to have to get hungry again, like we were before the season started."
Park City hosts Bear River (1-3) on Friday night at Dozier Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
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