by Scott Boyle
Two weeks in and the Monticello Bucks are 1-1 in football, while the San Juan Broncos move to 2-0 after the teams renewed the rivalry for the 60th time.
After the two teams took a break last year, the Broncos administered a 35-0 beatdown of the Bucks in Monticello on August 24.
In addition to football, the San Juan and Monticello JV and C teams dominated a volleyball tournament in Blanding, and the cross country teams got underway at Cedar City.
Coach Monty Lee used a much-improved running game and a highly-efficient passing attack to race past the Buckaroos.
The Broncos gained 216 yards unofficially on the ground, led by Logan Meyer’s 78 yards. QB Barkley Christensen was deadly in the passing game, going 13 for 16 and 160 yards and three touchdowns, in addition to scoring a rushing touchdown himself of one yard.
Meyer caught two of those TD passes of 14 and 20 yards. Kyle Marian was on the receiving end of the third TD of 18 yards and Jens Grover scored on a five yard run in the second half.
The first quarter was scoreless after the Bucks took the opening kickoff and marched steadily down the field, only to have the drive stall on the Bronco 10 yard line.
Both teams traded penalties and offensive series with no one breaking through until Christensen scored on a one yard run with 10 minutes remaining in the second quarter to go up 7-0 after the Meyer extra point kick.
After a Buckaroo fumble one play later, Christensen tossed a pass to a wide-open Meyer 12 seconds later and just like that, it was 14-0.
Buckaroo turnovers led to all three Bronco scores in the second half. Meyer caught his second TD pass of the night with 6:11 left in the third and Marian had his with 4:14 left. In the fourth quarter, Grover scored with 8:51 remaining.
The Buckaroos had their moments, holding the Broncos at bay on occasion as the Broncos were also penalized several times, nullifying at least two TDs.
The biggest problem for the Bucks was that they couldn’t hold onto the ball, totaling six turnovers on the night.
The running game managed 143 yards, although last years’ workhorse 1,000-yard rushers, Austin Wilcox and Austin Maloy, only managed 15 and 61 yards respectively on five and six carries a piece.
Maloy was six of 13 in the passing department for 66 yards. Jake Duncan and Wilcox both caught two passes.
The Broncos travel to South Sevier for a region matchup with the much-improved Rams in Monroe, while the Buckaroos draw a 1A foe in Layton Christian in Layton.
The Lady Broncos and Bucks took a rest on a varsity level this week and let the JV and C teams take center stage in an 11-team tournament in Blanding.
San Juan’s JV took first place in the tournament, with Monticello JV and C Teams taking second and third. SJ C-team was the fourth place team. “I think we ran a pretty good tournament—Friday night saw teams out of the gym by 8:30 p.m. and Saturday was done by 5:15,” said Bronco head coach Cassy Moon.
After the varsity participated in a tournament in St. George the prior week, Moon phased, “We finished 4-4 at St. George. We beat Escalante, Parowan, Monticello, and Escalante. We lost to Park City, South Sevier, Union, and Grand. We were in most of the sets we lost, so I don’t feel too badly yet. We do need to work on the end of games as we were in the lead or tied in many of the ones we lost.”
A little golf to end things off, since it is the simply the preeminent time to play golf in Monticello, especially after the 1.24 inch soaking rain of last week.
Dennis Crane is the new Hideout Club Champion, after he bested Josh Keyes 2 and 1 last week.
On his way to the club championship, a summer long event, Crane also defeated Dick Merkle, Bill Boyle, Paul Langston and Mike Lamb.
Keyes, who scorched the Hideout Amateur a few weeks ago, defeated Peyton Halls, Marx Powell, and Nathan Chamberlain on the way.