PCHS football falls to Tooele 35-14
Following another short week of preparation, the Park City High School football team hit the road on Wednesday night to take on Tooele, one of the top two teams in 3AA North (along with Logan).
The Miners road struggles in region play continued against the Buffaloes as Tooele took an early 21-0 lead on three rushing touchdowns by Lincoln Powers. Powers scored twice more in the game and Park City’s offense failed to get going as the Buffaloes earned a 35-14 victory.
Park City Coach Mike Shepherd said the Miners’ biggest problem has been slow starts on the road.
"I think we played just like we have the last couple road games," he said. "We were just kind of flat early in the game. Once we get behind, the whole game plan goes out the window. We got to within 21-7 [in the second quarter], but in the second half we couldn’t move the ball well enough."
Receiver Collin Zur scored both of Park City’s touchdowns on passes from his twin brother, quarterback Spencer Zur. Shepherd said Collin’s play was one of the few bright spots for the Miners on Wednesday night.
"He’s been playing great," he said. "He’s got a lot of talent and is difficult to defend. He’s got really good hands and he’s tall and has speed. He’s a good matchup with most everybody we play."
Shepherd said the Buffaloes didn’t do much to try to trick the Miners — they just lined up and pounded the ball up the middle.
"They did a great job attacking us with the run," he said. "I think they ran a total of four different plays all night long. We just couldn’t stop them."
Park City fell to 5-4 overall (2-3 in 3AA North) with the loss. The schedule doesn’t get any easier in the final week of the regular season for the Miners, as they play host to Logan (7-2 overall, 5-0 in 3AA North).
"They do everything well," Shepherd said. "[Wednesday] night, they just demolished Desert Hills [by a score of 41-12] and they’re the top team down south. They play strong defense and they’re well coached."
Shepherd said the Miners will need to play their best game of the season if they hope to hang with Logan, a team he believes could compete for a 4A title.
"We’re trying to get as prepared as we can and will try to be as competitive as we can," he said. "That’s been our focus all year. And, for the seniors, it’s their last home game. It’s one of those things that I would expect they’d be extremely excited for and play as hard as they can."
Friday night’s game at Dozier Field is scheduled to kick off at 7 p.m.
Park City Mountain Resort is scheduled to start limited summer operations on Saturday, including the operation of PayDay lift for hikers and bikers.