Miners pound Spartans to bring season to an end
An out-manned Emery football team was no match for the Region 10 champion Park City Miners on Halloween night in the first round of the state 3-A play-offs. Emery lost to the home team 41-7.
A family emergency kept linebacker Derrick Allred home from the game. Early in the game, linebacker and halfback Colby Snow went down although he returned to the action a short time later. Safeties JT Noyes and Dusty Jensen left the game with injuries, as did lineman Josey Johnson.
Those three never returned to the game. Allred was the leading tackler on the team averaging 14 tackles per game, which was about one sixth of all tackles.
Noyes was also the starting wingback on offense.
For the first time in several years there were no surprises in the opening round as all home teams won their ball games.
Juan Diego and Delta still represent region 8 with Hurricane and Cedar City representing region 9. Park City and Judge represent region 10 and Morgan and Logan still are playing representing region 11.
Emery came away from the game with four fumble recoveries. John Conder, Dusty Jensen, Gatlan Huntington and Cameron Hansen all recovered fumbled balls during the game.
Park City scored the first time they had the ball on a 55-yard drive to go ahead 7-0 with the Spartans answering a few minutes later on a 5-yard run by Snow and a Huntington kick to tie it at 7-7. Conder recovered a fumble and raced down field to set up this the only Emery touchdown. From there it was all Park City.
The Miners scored twice in the first quarter, again in the second quarter they scored.
Park City scored twice more in the third quarter and finished the game with a score in the fourth period.
Leading the defensive effort for Emery was linebacker Snow with 13 tackles and linebacker Chance Ariotti finished the game with nine tackles.
Head Coach Jimmy Jones talking about the season, "The kids played hard all season but for some reason it just did not come together like we hoped it would."
Two one-point losses plus two other games decided in the last quarter haunted the team this season.