PARK CITY Almost from the moment he lined up behind center in the season opener, little has gone right for Park City quarterback Searle Vincent.
He broke his wrist against Hillcrest an injury which cost him a few games. Once he did return, with a cast still on his arm, Vincent felt akin to someone struggling while running in a boggy swamp while trying to catch up to his teammates.
"I sat out for a while so it took a little while to get back into the flow," Vincent said.
On Thursday, Vincent showed why he was a natural choice to lead the Miner offense. The senior ran for three touchdowns and threw for another to help Park City bury Emery 49-6 in the regular season finale for both teams.
Perhaps the moment defining Vincent's successful comeback more than any other was a 55-yard pass that Erik Walker took to the end zone for a 28-0 Miner lead two plays into the second quarter. Questions about his arm strength lingered since he returned to the lineup.
Consider those questions answered.
"As long as I can get in there and just throw it, I'm good," Vincent said. "It took a little time to get my arm back into shape, too, because I hadn't thrown in a long time."
The senior left no doubt about his running ability either. Vincent had only five first-half carries. But he gained 75 yards and scored three touchdowns on those carries.
Vincent first scored on a 23 yard quarterback keeper up the middle, breaking through a pair of tackles along the way, for a 7-0 lead. He then took another run up the middle to carve out a 21-0 advantage for Park City. Finally, Vincent ran it in from 27 yards out, making it 35-0 less than four minutes into the second quarter.
While Park City's offense enjoyed the sweet life, its defense made the Spartans wish they had stayed home. Three of the Miners first six touchdowns came directly off Emery turnovers. Blake Henrie intercepted a pass to set up one first-quarter touchdown and Colton Nichter recovered a fumble to set up another.
Nichter provided the defensive exclamation point when he turned a second fumble recovery into a 17 yard touchdown and a 42-0 lead. The senior had not scored six points in high school and couldn't help doing a little touchdown dance to celebrate though he couldn't quite mirror the Chad Johnson style moves he was going for."It's pretty rare for a lineman to get a touchdown," Nichter said. "I just been waiting the whole season to get a touchdown and it finally came."