Varsity Football · Bruins drop road contest at Park City, 60-30


Running back Kaden Kunz makes a move on a Park City defender as he runs downfield in the first quarter. Photo Credit: E. Anderson

PARK CITY, Utah — The Mountain View Bruins football team fell Friday night at Park City, 60-30, at Dozier Field in Park City.

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The Bruins (5-2, 3-1 Region 10) battled back after getting down by two scores early but were unable to overcome a flurry of third quarter touchdowns by the Miners (5-2, 4-0 Region 10) and lost their first region game of 2020.

“It’s always hard when you get down, but our kids came back,” said Mountain View head coach Tyler Anderson. “We made a lot of mistakes in the first half and we were still only down by two. We still had chances, we just made too many mistakes.”

Jackson McCarty started at quarterback for Mountain View and tossed three touchdowns in the loss. Three different Bruin receivers hauled in touchdown passes, including Connor Kindrick, David Hair and Jett Anderson.

Senior Kaden Kunz recorded his 5th rushing touchdown of the season on the last play of the game.

Mountain View heads home to take on Stansbury this Friday.

“We have to [bounce back] if we’re going to be a playoff team,” Anderson said. “We have to be able to rebound from this, so we’ll see what we’re made of and what character we have.”

First Half Review

On their first possession of the game, Park City drove down the field and took a 6-0 lead after a 2-yard run by quarterback Chase Beyer. The Bruins gave away the ball on their first offensive snap of the game, leading to the Miners’ second score in less than 4 minutes, this time on a run from Carson Tabarraci.

Mountain View answered on the ensuing possession as Connor Kindrick caught a 39-yard touchdown pass to bring the Bruins within five, 12-7. A 28-yard touchdown pass to Tabarraci put the Miners up 18-7 with 4:32 left in the quarter. Bruin receiver Jett Anderson caught his third touchdown pass of the season as the Bruins trailed 18-14 at the end of the first quarter.

Receiver Jett Anderson runs toward the end zone in the first quarter. Anderson scored a touchdown on the play. Photo Credit: E. Anderson

Park City receiver Trond Grizzell caught a 40-yard touchdown pass to open the scoring in the second quarter.  After a 30-yard field goal by Bruin kicker Ivan Cueva, Park City scored again as Tabarraci found the end zone on a one-yard run.

A fumble recovery by Mountain View safety Aaron Hyatt prevented the Miners from adding to their lead before halftime. Park City led 32-17 at the break.

Second Half Review

To open the second half, Mountain View scored on its first possession when McCarty threw to David Hair for an 11-yard touchdown.

Park City then scored three touchdowns in a five-minute stretch in the third quarter as they opened a 53-24 lead on the Bruins.

Two minutes into the fourth quarter, Tabarraci scored his fourth rushing touchdown of the contest. Bruin quarterback Kaden Kunz finished the game with a 15-yard touchdown run as time expired bringing the final score to 60-30.

Receiver Colton Burr runs for a first down in the fourth quarter. Photo Credit: E. Anderson

 

No. 7 (RPI) Mountain View returns the Bruin Bowl on Fri., Oct. 2 to take on Region 10 foe No. 6 Stansbury (5-2, 3-1 Region 10). Due to COVID-19 restrictions in Provo/Orem, fans will not be permitted to attend. The game will be broadcast live on the NFHS Network (a subscription-based platform). Check out this free Twitter list for live updates from the Mountain View-Stansbury game on Friday.