Stansbury’s football team fell short last Friday, as they dropped a closely-contested road game against the Park City Miners.During their visit to the undefeated Miners’ home turf, the team nearly rebounded from a slow start against a 5-0 squad seated at first place in the region.
Stansbury only mustered three points over the course of the entire first quarter, while surrendering two touchdowns to Park City to trail 14-3 heading into the second.
The touchdowns came at the hands of Miners quarterback Bash Bodily, who completed a 60-yard TD pass, then a 35-yard-pass later in the first quarter to trail 14-3.
Quarterback Coleman Dearden found the back of the endzone on a 29-yard touchdown pass, connecting with Kanden Hadlock to bring the score to 14-10.
Stallions took the lead in the second half when Noah Nunley caught a 47-yard pass courtesy of Dearden to put Stansbury ahead 17-14 with six minutes left before the end of the third quarter.
That advantage did not hold for long, however, as Bodily hit the Stallions head-on with a 41-yard-touchdown to regain the upper hand and take a 21-14 lead.
Stansbury was unable to respond for the rest of the fourth quarter, inflicting a couple self-imposed mistakes in the form of a missed field goal with six minutes remaining, then later a fumble in the final minute to allow the Miners to secure the victory.
Head coach Eric Alder attributed much of his team’s woes to turnovers and poor execution. Despite picking up the pace of the game in the second half, Stansbury failed to secure the ball at critical moments and Alder said the team is in need of remedying
“We can’t win games, turning it over as much as we did, if we are to expect to beat good teams,” he said. “We improved the run game in the second half and we converted some really crucial third downs, to keep drives alive.
“We played hard; [we] just didn’t do enough things right.”
Looking ahead to their upcoming game against Crimson Cliffs this Friday, he boiled down this week’s focal points to three categories: effort, execution and competitive excellence.
“We need to make less mistakes and [make] more plays,” Alder said. “We need to learn to be at our best, when our best is needed.”
With the loss, Stansbury falls to 3-3 (2-1 region) and sits at third behind Tooele in the the 4A Region 10 standings.