Park City surges past Logan at Crimson Field
By Wes Mangum sports writer
With a chance at a playoff spot on the line, Loganâs football team came up on the wrong end of a few big plays on Senior Night.
Logan fell 27-13 to Park City on Wednesday at Crimson Field, with most of the Minersâ damage coming in the third quarter.
âWe didn’t make enough plays,” LHS head coach Jayson Anderson. “It hurts, but when it came down to it we didn’t make plays when we needed to make plays. You can’t win games when that happens.”
The Grizzlies gave themselves ample opportunities on a frigid Wednesday night. Two huge defensive plays permitted the Grizzlies to jump out to an early lead.
Logan capitalized on a Park City turnover right before the end of the first quarter to give itself a 6-0 lead. Chance Corless scooped up a fumble in the Miners’ backfield near midfield and ran it all the way down to the Park City 2-yard line before being pulled down. Two plays later, Corless took a 1-yard plunge into the end zone.
The Miners took their next possession and started to drive before Logan’s Jace Perry brought a rapid end to Park City’s hopes of answering back. Perry snatched an errant Spencer Zur throw over the middle and darted down the sideline, going 68 yards for a score with 9:44 left in the second quarter.
Perry had a big impact in the defensive secondary. He intercepted another pass in the fourth quarter to finish with two on the night, to go along with three tackles.
“I think that was his seventh interception of the season,” Anderson said. “He made some plays for us tonight.”
Park City found its stride on offense shortly before the intermission. The Miners began to throw the football more frequently, and they got on the board with a 3-yard touchdown pass from Zur to Beau Pederson III with :21 left before the break to make it 13-6. Pederson III had 177 yards on nine catches.
Zur and the Miner offense took the kick to start the second half, and they tied things up with an 8-yard score through to air to G. Russell Reiss IV. Logan’s inability to avoid penalties and string together successive plays of positive yardage resulted in Park City pulling away over the course of the third quarter.
The Miners scored on two more drives, and Logan turned the ball over three times in the second half.
Finding themselves down 27-13 with five minutes left in the game, the Grizzlies mounted one final drive. Quarterback Jonny Parkinson led Logan to the Park City 3, but Cy Coleman made a diving interception on third-and-goal to give the Miners the ball back and end Logan’s season.
Brandon Dodd played well in the second half for the Grizzlies. The tight end caught seven balls for 82 yards.
“We were a very young football team, so the bright side is that we’re going to have guys back,” Anderson said. “We’ll have a lot of returning starters and a lot of guys with varsity experience for next season. We have a lot of work to do in the offseason.”