Pee Wees 3-peat as champions
Submitted by Brodie Pollard
On Saturday, Nov. 9, at Granger Fields, Park City Pee Wee football team of 10-year-olds beat Granger 14-0, completing its third-straight perfect season. In 2011, the team beat Grantsville to win the championship, completing its first perfect season. In similar fashion in 2012, the team went 11-0, after winning the championship against Granger in a game with 18 inches of snow on the field. This year, on Granger’s home field, with the rivalry reaching epic proportions, Park City again defeated Granger to win its third-straight title. Never in the history of Park City Football has a team won 33 straight games.
The game within the game began weeks prior to the championship with lots of hours watching film and developing a plan to take advantage of Park City’s speed and neutralizing Granger’s size advantage. Park City’s line had its hands full battling a much bigger Granger line. The centers, Tyler Young and Michael Pimentel, had a flawless game snapping the ball. The right side of the offensive line, consisting of Easton Michelli, Coco Lukrich, Wes Griffin and Jackson Neuberger, simply moved quicker than the opponents, opening up holes for the backs to get through.
"We came with a game plan of keeping them off balance with a fair amount of misdirection up the middle, but quickly discovered that would not work against their big men up front," said coach Thomas Baynes after the game.
From there, Park City went back to their bread and butter of establishing the off-tackle power play and then stinging them wide. This strategy proved effective as Kirby Baynes and Austin Bell ran for tough yards that began to pay off. The first half ended 14-0 after Baynes fought his way into the end zone first on a well-blocked sweep and then dove in on a fourth and goal just before the half.
The second half was a defensive battle with Park City moving the ball a bit more through the air. Beau Rabe made a couple big catches for first downs to keep the chains moving and to help the Miners’ control the clock.
"This win goes to the defense," said Baynes. "To hold a team that averages over 30 points a game to a shutout says a lot about this group of boys."
Stone Combs, who shifted to Granger’s strong side each play, clogged up their power play countless times along with a new addition from Alabama, Colin Bergin. Park City’s linebackers and secondary didn’t miss a tackle all day. Dylan Thompson was put in and immediately got an interception, then followed it up with two solo tackles.
Outside linebackers Jack Pollard and Beau Rabe had standout games making numerous tackles for large losses that shut down Granger’s outside running attack. Inside linebackers Baynes and Bell were all over the field making huge tackles, heard from miles away, that neutralized Granger’s offense.
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Park City is the lone undefeated team in Region 10 play after a 60-30 win over Mountain View. The Miners have three more region games in their quest to repeat as region champions.