GAME PREVIEW CAPSULE
Cedar (4-6, 2-4) at Park City (3-7, 3-3), 5 p.m., tonight at Miners Stadium
Previous Meeting: Miners 11, Redmen 8 (3A quarterfinal, Nov. 7, 2008, at Park City)
Broadcast: 590-KSUB with Chris Holmes
Classification: 3AA, South Region
Coach: Todd Peacock (27th year, 158-131-1 overall)
Offense: Triple option
Last game: Beat Payson 14-6
Players to watch: QB Brecken Lewis was back from injury and keyed the win over Payson with 76 rushing yards and 68 more through the air. Cedar also got a 100-yard game from RB Brock Oldroyd, who is starting to get a groove going since replacing injured Dallin Grover. LBs Dallin Brooks and Ty Bulloch were huge last week in the win over Payson. The Redmen defense is pretty stout, with major contributions from Dusty Hone, Dallen Jacoby and Dylan Tripp.
Trend: We always talk about how tough this region is and Cedar was just a late fumble away from beating Snow Canyon and taking fourth place, which would have meant a home playoff game. The tough CHS defense has kept them in many games this year, and shut out Payson after halftime. Turnovers have been the hugest obstacle for the Redmen. In fact, one wonders how the season would have turned out had Cedar not fumbled several games away.
Classification: 3AA South Region
Coach: Mike Shepherd (8th year, 56-35 overall)
Last game: Lost to Juan Diego 52-7
Players to watch: The Miners have thrown 272 passes this season, but they have been divided between three quarterbacks, never a good sign. Ian Moritz has the most attempts. He is 90-146 for 1,171 yards. Moritz is also the only rusher for the Miners with more than 175 yards. He has 429 and 5 TDs. But he has been injured and PC has had a hard time filling the void in his absence. A pair of WRs, Carson Dutkanych and Konnor Anderson, have most of the receiving yards. They’ve combined for 83 grabs and 871 yards this season.
Trend: Park City started region play with three wins, over Tooele, Uintah and Ben Lomond. Since then, the Miners have come crashing down to earth, losing three straight blowouts to fall to fourth place. In the three wins, PC averaged 27.7 points a game and gave up just 11.3. In those losses, PC surrendered an average of 52 points while scoring a TOTAL of 27. So what happened? Nothing, really. The Miners just played weak teams early and good teams late.
Park City struggled on offense late in the season and things could get much worse against a good Cedar D. Plus, the Miners haven’t stopped too many people this season, either (0-10 Ben Lomond notwithstanding). The best they can hope for is that the Redmen are careless with the ball in a cold, wet Summit County. Cedar will not pass much, even less than usual with cold weather involved. Lewis and Oldroyd will get workouts.
STGnews (record) PREDICTION
Andy Griffin (40-7) — Cedar
Darren Cole (35-12) — Cedar
Parry’s spread: Cedar by 31
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