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image Tooele’s Gordon Tuiletufuga (50) dives after Uintah’s Josh Speirs as teammate John Hickman (51) and Devin Murphy give chase during an Oct. 2 game at Tooele High School. Tooele lost to Park City 46-27 on Thursday night in Park City.

October 13, 2020
Buffs put up a fight in Park City

Virus outbreak causes finale to be cancelled 

If Thursday night’s game in Park City ends up being the final game of the Tooele football team’s 2020 season, the Buffaloes certainly made an impression on their way out in a hard-fought 46-27 loss to the Miners at Park City High School’s Dozier Field.

With Wednesday’s scheduled game against Mountain View cancelled because of a COVID-19 outbreak at Tooele High School, and the possibility of being able to get back on the field for a first-round playoff game next week still up in the air, the Buffs’ immediate future remains uncertain. However, if the Buffs (2-7, 2-3 Region 10) are able to return to action, they can carry some momentum from keeping things relatively close against a Park City squad that clinched the Region 10 title.

The Miners (7-2, 5-0) built a 20-0 lead in the first quarter on three rushing touchdowns, but Tooele cut the lead to 20-7 just before the midway point of the second quarter on a 5-yard touchdown run by Tabor Shepard. Park City scored again with 4:15 left in the first half to pull ahead 26-7, only to have Tooele’s Mateaki Helu pull the Buffs within 12 points with a 4-yard TD run 23 seconds before halftime.

A pair of Park City rushing touchdowns put the Miners comfortably ahead 40-14, but Tooele didn’t go away quietly. Dylan Makoni caught a 14-yard touchdown pass with 4:27 left in the game, and after the Miners added another score on a long run, Ethan Rollie capped the scoring with a 14-yard TD reception 4 seconds before time expired.

The Miners ran for 365 yards and had 473 yards of total offense in the win. Tooele’s individual statistics were not available at press time.


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