HURRICANE Despite opening the season with a perfect 4-0 mark and a top-5 ranking among Utah's 3A programs, for many, there were some questions still to be answered about just how good the Tigers were.
After Friday's 31-0 homecoming drubbing of highly-regarded Park City, the questions were answered.
Defensively, the Tigers were stifling, limiting the Miners to just 85 yards of total offense.
"We have been playing pretty tough defensively, but tonight the guys were really swarming to the ball " Tigers' head coach Chris Homer said afterward.
"Our guys were very physical tonight, they played at a very high level and didn't let up at all." Homer added ,
Park City's Dylan Chynoweth, one of the top rushers in the state, can attest to the swarming nature of the Tigers's defense, winding up with 38 yards in 15 tough carries.
"We had nine guys that play a lot for us out tonight," Park City head coach Brandon Matich. "We're not as bad as we looked tonight, but (Hurricane) is one heck of a football team, they took it to us tonight."
Hurricane was held in check early by Park City, but after a good punt return by Ethan Lebaron gave the Tigers' the ball at the Miners' 37-yard-line, it was time for Gordie Dotson to get rolling
Dotson. one of the leading rushers in the state, carried the ball on six of the Tigers' next seven plays, finishing up with a 5-yard touchdown run.
He added a one-yard run just before intermission as the Tigers took a 14-0 lead
"We knew we could start running on them, our offensive line opened up some truck-sized holes," said Dotson "They're all seniors, they really know what they're doing," added the senior standout.
Dotson's praise came after rushing for 165 yards on 27 carries and watching teammate Jacob Pugh score on a pair of third quarter touchdown runs.
Overall, Hurricane amassed 325 yards rushing and 22 first downs in its methodical attack.
"We knew we could wear them down, we have a lot of depth up front and they had a lot of linemen going both ways," added senior lineman Ryan Butler, who has started since his sophomore season for the Tigers.
Cory Edwards capped off the Tigers' scoring with a 38-yard field goal early in the final period.