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3AA Football Playoffs: Hurricane defeats Park City

Stephen Vincent 9:33 p.m. MDT October 31, 2014

HURRICANE – Friday night's playoff against Park City was the last time Hurricane's seniors will play at home.

The seniors played like it. Hurricane star Jeremiah Ieremia scored twice. JD Stansworth ripped off a 101-yard rushing performance. Offensive linemen Brayden Rice and Charlie Sefita got the Tigers' offense going. Kole Richins had 3.5 tackles for loss.

But no senior had a game quite like Traycen Shamo.

The senior running back and cornerback had never scored a touchdown or had an interception in a high school game. Now he has two touchdowns, an interception and a fumble recovery to boot, as he propelled the Tigers to a 49-28 win in the first round of the 3AA state playoffs.

Hurricane scored all 49 of those points in the middle quarters.

His two touchdowns came in a wild final two minutes of the third quarter in which the two teams combined for five touchdowns.

It started innocuously enough. Jake Carr burst up the middle for a nine-yard score that capped off a methodical 11-play, 77-yard drive to put Hurricane up 28-14.

Park City completed a 31-yard pass on the next play, but the Tigers knocked the ball loose. Ieremia scooped it up, veered left and then cut inside, weaving his way for a 50-yard score.

On the ensuing kickoff, Shamo got his long-awaited score when Colter Clayton stripped the ball from the Miner return man. Shamo gathered it and raced 18 yards for the score to make it 42-14 Hurricane.

"I'm glad I finally got a score and in our last home game," Shamo said.

He didn't have to wait long for his second TD.

After Spencer Zur quickly moved the Miners down the field for a TD with 18 seconds left in the quarter, Shamo got the call on Hurricane's next offensive play.

He found a hole between Rice and Sefita and then zoomed 80 yards to put the Tigers up 49-21.

"I love them," Shamo said of Rice and Sefita. "I've been running behind Shamo since I was little. Brayden's my cousin, and he works hard for me. Charlie, I love that kid. He's a heck of a player. It's nice to play behind guys who can truck people."

Shamo's biggest play of the game, though, may have been his first-quarter interception that prevented Hurricane's disastrous first quarter from becoming catastrophic. The Tigers had two turnovers in their own territory in that quarter, and a failed fake punt that gave Park City a red zone opportunity.

Hurricane yielded just a touchdown, though, thanks to a Park City missed field goal and Shamo's interception.

Then running behind Rice and Sefita, the Tiger offense got on track, as Ieremia, Carr and JD Stansworth scored rushing touchdowns in the second quarter.

"We started slow, but I'm glad that we could recover and that could get our offense going and get three TD's and get some confidence," Hurricane coach Steve Pearson said.

But it wasn't smooth sailing for the Tigers. The Tigers lost quarterback Kayden Langston for the season with a broken ankle.

Langston injured the ankle while performing holding duties on an extra point. A bad snap forced him to scramble, and his leg got caught as two Miners brought him down.

Sophomore Josh Paker, elevated to the No. 2 spot on Wednesday, played well in relief, completing all three of his passes and leading the Tigers' dominant rushing attack.

Next week, the Tigers travel to face nemesis Juan Diego. Ieremia did not need to be reminded of their history.

"It's a blessing and an opportunity after they've beat us five in a row," Ieremia said. "I honestly think that we have the senior leadership and ability to do it this year."