No. 2 Sky View (11-1) vs. No. 1 Park City (13-0)
4A state tournament championship
Friday, 11 a.m. (At Rice-Eccles Stadium)
Parry’s Power Guide: Sky View by 13
All-time series: Park City leads 1-0
Coach vs. coach: This is the first meeting between Sky View’s Chris Howell and Park City’s Josh Montzingo
Last meeting: Park City 15, Sky View 14 (2018 quarterfinals)
SALT LAKE CITY — Don’t call it a revenge game, even if it kind of is.
When the Park City Miners and the Sky View Bobcats face off Friday morning at Rice-Eccles Stadium in the 4A state championship game, it’ll be the first matchup between the teams since the Miners went to Smithfield in the quarterfinals of last year’s state tournament and upset the Bobcats.
That game and the result have not disappeared from memory.
“Yeah, it’s deep in the heart,” Sky View safety Scout Morris admitted.
“It would really suck to lose again,” added outside linebacker Jacob Zollinger.
As Sky View head coach Chris Howell put it, “The kids are definitely excited. This is who they wanted to play. It is certainly important that it is Park City, for sure.”
And yet, Howell, Morris and Zollinger all emphasized that the game means more than simple revenge. It is the state championship game after all, and Sky View has a chance to make program history. No group of Bobcats’ has ever won a state title in football, with the 1987 team the only team from Sky View to even make it to the state championship game. A win over the Miners would mean so much more than simple revenge.
“Mostly it is about winning state, which is every kids dream growing up,” said Morris. “Coming out as a senior and winning, that would be awesome.”
“You have to have that mindset that it is go out and get the title, not just beat those guys,” Zollinger added. “This is to represent the school and make history for the whole school.”
A chance to make program history applies to the Miners as well. Park City is the third oldest program in Utah, but the team has never won a state championship in football and is 0-5 in title game appearances. Another postseason win over the Bobcats would change that.
“We have a chance to be the best team that’s ever walked through these halls — that’s amazing,” Park City quarterback Jack Skidmore said.
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Source:: Deseret News – Sports News