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.