by Tad Barton
Senior night for the San Juan Bronco football team started out as planned, but didn’t end that way.
After stopping the Beavers on their opening drive, it only took the Broncos two plays to find the end zone on a 70-yard scamper by Jay McDonald to take an early 7-0 lead.
Beaver answered on their next drive to tie things up 7-7. It was all Beaver after that for the next two quarters, as they continued to score while holding the Broncos out of the end zone until midway through the third quarter.
The Beavers scored 13 points in the second quarter to take a 20-7 lead at the half before scoring another 14 points in the third quarter.
San Juan managed to find pay dirt for the second time on a fake punt when Payton Palmer found Jaxon Lee from 51 yards out.
Beaver managed to score one more touchdown in the fourth, giving them a 41-13 lead early in the final quarter.
San Juan wasn’t done though as Palmer again found Lee on a short pass, which Lee turned into a 55-yard score. After a failed two point conversion the Broncos trailed 41-19, where the score would remain until the end of the game.
Offensively San Juan’s ground attack was led by McDonald. Even though he had just one carry on the night, he made the most of it finishing the night with 70 yards and one touchdown.
Palmer finished the night with 11 carries for 55 yards just four yards ahead of Bronz Eldredge, who tallied 51 yards on 11 attempts. Kavika Su’eSu’e added 24 yards on five rushes and Nathan Nielson had two carries for three yards.
Through the air, Palmer was 12 for 34 for 217 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Lee was the leading receiver for the game as he finished with three grabs for 130 yards and two touchdowns.
Nielson chipped in 47 yards on five catches, Su’eSu’e had 26 yards on three receptions and Eldredge had one catch for 14 yards.
On the other side of the ball, Eldredge led all tacklers with 21 stops, including 11 solo tackles, two tackles for loss and a sack.
Su’eSu’e finished the night with ten tackles, one ahead of McDonald who had nine. Su’eSu’e also had a tackle for loss and a sack. Brendon Pugh logged eight tackles while fellow defensive end Elliot Jones had seven to go along with a tackle for loss and a sack.
Reilly Myrick had six take downs, just one more than Palmer and Lee who each notched five stops, all three had a tackle for loss and Myrick added a sack.
Three Broncos had four tackles each, including Peter Shumway, Mason Bethea and Max Slavens.
Paul Kyles and Landon Pemberton both logged three tackles and Nielson finished with two. Baylr Eldredge, Dylan Ivins, Coleman Black and Kahlil Payton each chipped in one stop for San Juan.
The Broncos wrap up their regular season schedule, as well as Region play, this Thursday, October 15 when they travel to Enterprise, Utah to take on the Enterprise Wolves. The game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. kickoff.
The Lady Broncos volleyball team had a busy week as they traveled through 12 counties to play in six games over three days. San Juan hit the road on Thursday, October 8 to take on the Region 15 leading North Sevier Wolves.
The Broncos came up short in a competitive tightly contested game losing 3-1 to the Wolves, 19-25, 23-25, 25-16, 21-25.
Megan Grover led the Broncos from the service line scoring 6 aces. Krista Grover finished the night with 18 kills, while teammate Nani Benalie had 23 digs to lead San Juan in those categories and Bodell Nielson finished with 39 assists.
After their game in Salina, the Broncos headed to Bonneville High school in Ogden, UT to play in the Laker Classic Tournament. San Juan played five games and four teams over the two day tournament.
In their first game of pool play the Broncos faced the Taylorsville Warriors. The larger school knocked of San Juan in two matches, 15-25, 17-25.
Once again Megan Grover led the Broncos with three aces and scoring on 75 percent of her serves. Jamie Meyer and Krista Grover each had four kills and Nielson dished out 10 assists in the loss.
Game two of pool play saw similar results for San Juan as they lost to Viewmont, 12-25, 17-25. The Broncos struggled from the service line scoring just 27 percent of serves and recording just one ace, courtesy of Nielson.
Meyer and Krista Grover recorded four kills to lead San Juan. Nielson finished with 11 assists.
The Broncos battled next against the host Bonneville Lakers. Unfortunately the end result was San Juan losing 18-25, 24-26.
Jerica Pugh led the Broncos with aces finishing with two, while Krista Grover led with scoring percentage, scoring on 56 percent of her serves. Both Pugh and Krista Grover notched seven kills to pace the Broncos in that category, Benalie picked up eight digs and Nielson led San Juan with assists dishing out 21 to her teammates.
In their final pool play game San Juan got started off on the right foot winning their first match 25-20 against Box Elder.
The Bees rallied in the second and the picked up the win in the third to claim the game 18-25, 14-16. Pugh and Krista Grover again led from the service line, but this time it was Pugh leading in service percentage with 71 percent and Grover leading with aces with four she also led in digs with 14. Meyer led the San Juan with nine kills and Nielson again led in assists with 22.
San Juan met Viewmont again when tournament play began. This time around the Broncos gave the Vikings all they could handle. After dropping the first match 21-25, San Juan fought back to win the second match 27-26. In the third and final match Viewmont claimed the win outscoring San Juan 8-15. Nielson finished the match with a team leading three aces and 20 assists.
Three Broncos recorded five kills to lead San Juan, including, Grover, Meyer and Ryann Shumway. Grover also led the team in digs, passing 15 serves to teammates.
San Juan play Grand and Monticello on the road. Those games are October 13 in Moab and October 14 in Monticello.