PCHS football falls to Bulldogs, 47-25
The Jekyll-and-Hyde, up-and-down season continued for the Park City High School football team on Friday night. Playing on the road at Judge Memorial, the Miners were plagued by turnovers and allowed several big plays in a lopsided 47-25 loss.
The Bulldogs intercepted four passes from Park City quarterback Spencer Zur and also recovered a fumble en route to the big victory.
Park City Coach Mike Shepherd said he was surprised with the lack of energy displayed by the Miners on Friday night.
"I’m at a loss for words about it," he said. "It was a really big game and meant a lot to us and, for whatever reason, we came out flat again."
A 40-yard touchdown pass by Judge Memorial was the only score in the first quarter of play. The second quarter was the highest-scoring of the game, with the Miners getting on the board first via a three-yard pass from Zur to receiver Harrison Fugate to give Park City a 7-6 lead.
The Bulldogs quickly responded, scoring on an 11-yard run and a 58-yard pass. After Park City kicker Ben Coletta kicked a 37-yard field goal, the Bulldogs’ kicker hit a 49-yarder to end the half and send Judge Memorial into the intermission with a 23-10 advantage.
In the third quarter, Judge’s kicker hit a 24-yard field goal and the Bulldogs returned an interception 55 yards for another score. Zur found twin brother Collin Zur on a 12-yard touchdown pass to make the score 33-16 entering the fourth quarter.
In the final quarter of play, the Bulldogs scored on a one-yard run and a 29-yard run. The Miners couldn’t keep up, recording only nine points on a safety and a 23-yard pass from Spencer Zur to Collin Zur.
With the loss, the Miners now have a tough road if they want to clinch a home playoff game. They’ll have to beat either Tooele on the road or Logan at home, two of the top teams in 3AA North.
"If we would have won [at Judge], we pretty much would have been guaranteed a home playoff game," Shepherd said. "There’s a big difference between getting on a bus and going to St. George and playing one of the better teams down south and staying at home to face one of the lower-seeded teams from the south."
Park City (4-3 overall, 2-2 in 3AA North) hits the road again this Thursday for a non-region game at Ogden (0-7). The game is scheduled to kick off at 7 p.m.
"It’s really important that we don’t take Ogden lightly, even though they haven’t won any games," Shepherd said. "Judge only had one win before Friday. If we lay an egg again, we could have some problems. We have to learn our lessons and make sure these things don’t occur again."
The Miners will return home on Friday, Oct. 23, when they host Logan in the final game of the regular season.
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The Miners are truly a brotherhood, relying on one another to help their teammates go farther. After a few players missed last year’s 4A state semifinal game, this year’s group made sure those guys got the chance to experience this year’s semifinals. When injuries last week had the chance to derail the season, unsung heroes stepped up for the win. Now No. 1 Park City faces No. 2 Sky View in the 4A state title game on Friday at Rice Eccles Stadium.