Park City (6-5) at Stansbury (8-2)
3AA state tournament quarterfinals
Friday, 4 p.m.
Parry’s Power Guide: Stansbury by 11
All-time series: Stansbury leads 5-1
Coach vs. coach: Stansbury’s Clint Christiansen leads Park City’s Josh Montzingo, 1-0
Last meeting: Sept. 23, 2016 (Week 6) — Stansbury 32-13, at Stansbury
STANSBURY — With the Park City Miners and Stansbury Stallions you have two teams that are as close to polar opposites as you can get. One is an underdog team led by a high-flying offense led by a dynamic quarterback and a tough, stingy defense, while the other is a highly ranked favorite led by a stable of running backs and smash-mouth mentality on offense and defense.
When you look at the story of how the Park City Miners football team made it to this 3AA quarterfinal matchup with third-ranked Stansbury, you have to look at a big factor before anything else — quarterback Spencer Zur. Zur leads the Miners' high-flying offensive with over 2,700 yards passing and 21 touchdowns. Not only is he the team's and the classification's leading passer, but he is also the Miners' leading rusher with 303 yards and four touchdowns to his credit.
"Spencer has a big impact on the game, he's a big-time emotional leader and really just a special player," Park City coach Josh Montzingo said when asked about his star player's performance this season.
While Zur's numbers are incredible (3,065 yards and 25 touchdowns), the Miners boast probably the best receiving core in 3AA and possibly one of the best in the state. The Miners have three receivers with over 500 yards receiving. Leading the way is the combo of Beau Pederson (959 yards) and Spencer's brother Collin Zur (808 yards). The two combine for over 1,500 yards receiving and 17 touchdowns.
Park City's defense has also played a big role in the Miners' run to the quarterfinals, especially last week when the Miners scored 28 unanswered points in the fourth quarter in a huge come-from-behind win over Cedar.
"I just told our boys not to panic, and our defense just made some great plays in the fourth quarter," Montzingo said of his team's win last week.
As for the Stallions' run to the quarterfinals, the biggest factor in Stansbury's success is the run game. The Stallions have possibly the most dominant rushing attack in the state. The Stallions are one of very few teams in the state to have four players with over 500 yards rushing.
The Stallions' potent rushing attack is led by quarterback Mitchell McIntyre, an efficient passer completing 50 percent of his passes for 420 yards and three touchdowns this season. But where his presence is really felt is in the run game, where another McIntyre, Mitchell's brother Matthew, has an equally impressive stat line with over 950 yards and 11 touchdowns on the ground.
"I think it's clear that Stansbury runs the ball extremely well," Montzingo said of his opponent's strength in the run game.
Besides the stable of running threats, the Stallions have the fifth-ranked defense in the 3AA classification, allowing only 16 points a game to opponents during the season.
The Stallions enter the quarterfinals as a favorite for the 3AA title, finishing the season with an 8-2 record with signature wins over highly ranked Tooele, Ben Lomond and a win in their first matchup with Park City.
The Miners are an underdog with a record of 6-5 with several hard-fought losses. They also had big wins over Ben Lomond, defending champion Logan and last week's playoff victory over Cedar.
Park City statistical breakdown
Scoring offense: 22.4 ppg (9th in 3AA)
Scoring defense: 20.4 ppg (8th in 3AA)
Passing leader: Spencer Zur (197-334, 59.0%, 2,762 yards, 21 TDs, 8 INTs)
Rushing leaders: Spencer Zur (71 carries, 303 yards, 4 TDs)
Receiving leaders: Beau Pederson (63 rec., 959 yards, 10 TDs), Collin Zur (58 rec., 808 yards, 7 TDs)
Tackles leaders: Beau Pederson (78 tackles), Ben Towery (72 tackles)
Interception leaders: Jack Lecher (3 INTs)
Stansbury statistical breakdown
Scoring offense: 34.1 ppg (2nd in 3AA)
Scoring defense: 16.8 ppg (5th in 3AA)
Passing leader: Mitchell McIntyre (28-56, 50.0%, 420 yards, 3 TDs)
Rushing leaders: Matthew McIntyre (150 carries, 954 yards, 11 TDs), Mitchell McIntyre (124 carries, 771 yards, 16 TDs), McCoy Didericksen (78 carries, 668 yards, 4 TDs)
Receiving leaders: Matthew McIntyre (7 rec., 114 yards, 1 TD)
Interception leaders: Clayton Stanworth, Connor McKay, Tavita Gagnier (1 INT)
Felt’s Facts for Park City High School
All-time record: 412-434-23 (109 years)
Region championships: 23 (1932, 1933, 1934, 1936, 1938, 1941, 1945, 1961, 1969 co, 1980, 1981, 1982 co, 1983 co, 1987, 1988, 1991 co, 2001 co, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010)
Playoff appearances: 41
Current playoff appearance streak: 2 (2016)
All-time playoff record: 28-40
State championships: 0
State championship record: 0-5
Most played rivalry: 92 meetings with North Summit dating back to 1926. North Summit leads 47-42-3. Last met in 2004.
Felt’s Factoid(s): Park City, which began its football program in 1901, is the third-oldest in Utah following West (1893) and Ogden (1898). … Park City holds the season rushing yards record of 4,923 set in 2009.
Felt’s Facts for Stansbury High School
All-time record: 54-31 (8 years)
Region championships: 4 (2011, 2012, 2014, 2016 co)
Playoff appearances: 6
Current playoff appearance streak: 6 (2011-2016)
All-time playoff record: 3-5
State championships: 0
State championship record: 0-0
Most played rivalry: 8 meetings with Tooele dating back to 2009. Stansbury leads Tooele 5-3.
Felt’s Factoid(s): Stallion Chase Christensen is one of just 11 players to score on a 99-yard rushing play. He and Millard’s Jesse Rhodes were the last to accomplish the feat, in 2012.