MORGAN Even though the Morgan Trojans were coming off of a blowout of Wasatch last week, the Park City Miners proved far too tough and made short work in a 45-7 win.
Morgan came out with fire to begin the game, with its defense stopping the Miners dead in their tracks the first couple of plays. Then on Morgan's third play from scrimmage, Ben Van Campen hit Chans Porter, who had snuck behind the defense. Seventy yards and an extra point later, the Trojans were up 7-0 less than five minutes into the game.
The Trojans proceeded to march 80 yards down the field, with Skyler Barkdull putting in the final 5 to knot the game at 7.
Both defenses dug in and allowed virtually nothing the rest of the half, but Park City's Ben Portwood managed a 42-yard field goal to make it 10-7 at the break.
The second half proved to be a different football game. Miner head coach Brandon Matich made some adjustments, one of which was putting in junior quarterback Erik Walker.
"We picked up on some things they were doing on the defensive line, so we changed some things and went with Walker," he said.
This decision turned out to be a game-winner.
After Park City's defense forced another punt, the offense started moving the ball on the ground a lot. Things started with a 60-yard drive to start the half, capped with a 24-yard run by Walker. The Miner defense again held strong, forcing another Trojan punt. Walker then took the ball 87 yards for his second score of the night, blowing the game open at 24-7.
Skyler Barkdull then showed he does more than just score touchdowns with an interception that he ran back to the 16. Dylan Chynoweth punched the ball in from the 4 to push the Park City lead to 31-7. Chynoweth finished with 104 yards rushing.
The Miners were aided by an incredible defense, which forced five punts, caused three turnovers and only allowed 167 total yards. For the other TDs, Walker ran for one and passed to Tony Epperson. Walker ended the day 2-for-2 for 45 yards and one TD, and 177 yards rushing with three TDs.
"I had great blocking. The whole offensive and defensive lines played great the whole game," Walker said, praising his teammates.
"That's a tough team we played, we just found a couple wrinkles they had and exposed them," Matich added.
Park City will have a big test as it hosts Lone Peak next week. The Trojans will travel to Roy and see if their luck can improve.