Prep Report: Miners continue magical season with demolition of Tooele
PARK CITY FOOTBALL (9-0, 6-0 Region 10 — No. 2 in 4A)
Result: Won 31-0 over Tooele last Thursday
Recap: In what was its final road game of the regular season, Park City dismantled Tooele 31-0 to keep its perfect season alive.
With quarterback Jack Skidmore and wide reciever Mark McCurdy getting most of the headlines offensively througout the season, it was time for running back Dylan Bauer to shine. The senior ball-carrier finished the game with a season-high 219 yards on 21 carries with two touchdowns. Virtually unstoppable behind his physical offensive line, Bauer showcased a nice blend of power and quickness to consistently evade the Toeele tacklers, averaging 10.4 yards per carry. As a team, the Miners racked up 275 total yards on the ground and another 152 through the air as Skidmore finished 5-of-9 with two touchdwons, both of whom went to McCurdy. McCurdy only caught two passes but made the most of them, both going for touchdowns and finishing with 95 yards receiving.
The Miners jumped all over Tooele with 14 poins in the first quarter. Bauer got things started with an 11-yard touchdown run before Park City’s explosive offense got going as Skidmore connected with McCurdy for an 80-yard touchdown catch and run. Bauer added his second rushing touchdown of the game in the second quarter when he scampered up the middle before breaking multiple tackles en route to a 23-yard score and 21-0 halftime lead.
Park City struggled moving the ball in the third quarter, but it did manage three points on a 32-yard field goal by Ryan Skidmore, a huge development for the Miners offense after struggling in the kicking game for much of the season. McCurdy finished out the scoring with a 15-yard touchdown reception from Jack Skidmore in the fourth quarter.
Defensively, Park City continues to impose its will against its opponents. After giving up six points in last week’s victory over Ben Lomond, the Miners shut out Tooele and its prolific running game. The Buffaloes Nukuluve Helu, who’s dominated for much of the season, was largely held in check as he finished with 14 carries for 66 yards. As a team, the Miners limited Tooele to 95 yards on 28 carries, an avergae of 3.4 yards per carry. Senior linebacker Chase Johansen once again led the way with a team-high 11 tackles while sophomore Stone Combs added nine tackles. Park City also finished with six tackles for loss, as junior safety Kirby Baynes fnished with two tackles for loss.
Upcoming: Wednesday at 7 p.m. vs. Cedar Valley (4-5, 4-2 Region 10 — No. 16 in 4A)
SOUTH SUMMIT FOOTBALL (3-5, 1-3 Region 13 — No. 9 in 3A)
Results; Lost 47-7 to Morgan last Friday
Recap: After news broke that South Summit lost 14 of its players to a vaping issue last week, the Wildcats were forced to pull up players from its junior varsity and freshmen teams in order to field a team against the No. 1 ranked team in 3A, Morgan. The bad news continued as South Summit was blaste don its home field, losing 47-7 to Morgan last Friday. Morgan jumped all over the Wildcats from the beginning, scoring 13 points in the first quarter before taking a 19-0 lead at the half. The third quarter is where things got out of hand, as South Summit gave up 28 points before scoring a touchdown in the fourth quarter.
It was a rough game offensively as the Wildcats mustered just 127 yards of total offense, 117 of which came via the ground game. Freshman juan Ramirez was the lone bright spot with a 75-yard touchdown rush, but his other two carries resulted in a loss of nine yards. Still, he led the way with three carries for 66 yards. Fellow freshman Caleby Thompson struggled throwing the ball, finishing 2-of-9 for 10 yards, while adding seven yards on the ground rushing. Senior Dylan Yturralde added four carries 32 yards.
Defensively, seniors Larrel Fitzgerald and Dillon crawford added five tackles a piece with junior Bobby Freeman and Fitzgerald each finished with a tackle for loss.
Upcoming: Wednesday at 7 p.m. at South Summit Academy (4-5, 1-3 Region 13 — No. 8 in 3A)
NORTH SUMMIT FOOTBALL (5-3, 4-1 North — No. 9 in 2A)
Results: Won 50-0 over Monticello on Friday, Oct. 11
Upcoming: Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Kanab (4-4, 3-4 South — No. 7 in 2A)
All stats courtesy of MaxPreps
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