Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah
image Tooele’s Zac Cruz grabs hold of Bear River receiver Cole Fronk in a game last week. Tooele hosts Park City on Friday.

September 19, 2013
Football teams look to sweep this week

Tooele’s game against Park City should be competive; Cowboys, Stallions should roll 

If Tooele can beat Park City for its Homecoming game Friday, it should be a clean sweep for Tooele County teams this week.

Stansbury will also host a Homecoming game against Ben Lomond. The last time the Scots won a football game was on Oct. 13, 2011 — 15-0 over Tooele. Their record is 2-20 over the past three years. Ben Lomond’s other win the past three years came against Union 14-6 in its first game of the 2011 season.

This year, the Scots have scored 19 points in four games while giving up 186 points. Juan Diego defeated Ben Lomond 69-0 last week.

Grantsville also faces a struggling opponent that has lost nine games in a row when it travels to Carbon. The Dinos were shut out in their past two contests with a 35-0 loss to Duchesne and a 37-0 loss to North Sanpete.

The Tooele-Park City matchup seems to be the most intriguing and evenly matched game for the three local schools on Friday. Neither team has been worldbeaters the past few years, but both seem to be trending  slightly upward.

The Miners were wiped out by their first three opponents South Summit, Minico (Idaho) and Judge Memorial, but they nearly toppled Union last Friday. The Cougars scored a touchdown with 2 minutes left in the game to beat the Miners 37-36. Union improved to 3-1 on the season with the victory.

Tooele seemed to find its offense in last Friday’s game against Bear River. They are still looking for their defense. Tooele scored 48 points, but gave up 62 to Bear River. Although the offense is fine, the Bears’ defense appears suspect. Bear River gave up 55 to Box Elder and 20 to North Sanpete.

“They (Park City) have a good team. They’ve played a real tough schedule against Union which is one of the top five teams in 3A and they played South Summit who is the top team in 2A,” said Tooele coach Kyle Brady. “They play a 4-3 defense and don’t blitz a whole lot. If we can run the ball against them, we have a good shot at winning.”

Tooele’s offensive line has picked up its play in recent games, and will be a big key on Friday.

“The line has been doing a really good job. Also, the tight ends, receivers and backs are sustaining their blocks down field, which helps us get big yards on running plays,” the coach said.  “We definitely need to put points on the board and get some three-and-outs on defense — make them punt the ball.”

Mark Watson

Sports Editor at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Mark directs all editorial coverage of sports in addition to reporting on a wide range of events from high school football to international racing. He has a wealth of journalism experience, having worked for four other newspapers in the state. Mark grew up in Tooele County and graduated from Grantsville High School and Brigham Young University.

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