Park City High School’s football team plays in the Utah state championship game on Friday.
The 13-0 undefeated Miners play in the 4A title game Friday at 11:00 am at Rice Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City. Now one step away from a perfect season, KPCW sat down with head coach Josh Montzingo to discuss how the miners got to this point in the season and how they can walk away with the state title.
Coach Montzingo says that the team is led by the entire Senior class, noting the program teaches a horizontal leadership method.
“We've made a real big point that you don't have to be a captain,” Montzingo explained. “You don't have to be an appointed leader or an anointed leader so to speak to lead. Our kids have really grabbed that. We have some guys that although they’re not a captain they are leading every single day. Either on the field, in the hallways, you know grabbing some guys outside of football just to hang out, and if somebody's down making sure they're brought up. Our senior group in general I mean I could name every single name, they're incredible leaders. They're not all verbal, a lot of them are by example.”
Lining up across the field from the Miners in the championship game will be the Sky View Bobcats. Sky View has 12 wins on the year and one loss to Skyride High School, who entered the 6A tournament ranked 4th in that division. Montzingo says keys to defeating Sky View will be stopping their star player Mason Falslev.
“Great receiver they move him around though, he'll play in the backfield,” Montzingo continued. “He can be a quarterback; they could pitch him the ball and then he can throw it from there. So, you’ve got to kind of pay attention, but they have a good line. They have a really good quarterback that they've moved in since Falslev has moved out and he is pretty accurate, he can also run. And then a good offensive coordinator has been there for a while. So, I'll be honest with you we’ve got our hands full with that. It's assignment football kind of like we are. I think it's like looking in a mirror at times.”
Coach Montzingo says the message he’s been sharing this week is the same as every other week. That is to be 1-0.
“We’re not going to look back and say oh look how many games we’ve won and how great it was, and the semifinal,” Montzingo said. “We kind of put the semifinal away. We celebrated for a day, put it away, and now it's on to the next week and being 1 and 0.”
You can hear our full conversation with Coach Montzingo during KPCW’s pre-game show starting at 10:06 on Friday ahead of the championship game kickoff at 11:00.