I’m going to get a bit personal this week in my article. I know it won’t be the type of piece readers usually find in a sports column. It may bit a little less factual and a bit more opinionated than some people care for, so I apologize if you don’t like it.
As a coach, I get to see things a bit differently than the average person. Coaches see the little things through a season that make up the big picture most of the rest see on the game field or court.
I wanted to start off with a little observation I’ve made over the past few months, as well as recaps this week’s competitions.
Many people around the state and even those in Blanding had their doubts about this year’s editions of the Broncos volleyball and football teams. Some even wondered why anyone would want to be part of either team in a year when both programs weren’t supposed to achieve much.
Both teams fell short of their ultimate goal of winning a 2A State Championship in their respective sport. However, what they didn’t do was listen to the “experts”, doubters and in some cases friends and family members. Instead they pulled together and achieved many successes.
In my book the most important achievement both these squads made was that of putting aside personal agendas and becoming true teammates and teams, putting the good of their teams above personal glory.
Congratulations to both teams on your great seasons and thanks for letting me tag along.
Things started out great for the San Juan Lady Broncos at the 2A Volleyball Tournament.
In the opening round, the Broncos dispatched Maeser Prep in three sets, 25-8, 25-12, 25-15.
In the second round, San Juan faced a sold Beaver High team. The Lady Broncos won the first two sets 25-22, 25-20, before dropping the third set to the Beavers 21-25.
In the third set San Juan seemed a bit flustered, but they quickly regrouped to win the match in the fourth, outscoring Beaver 25-20.
On day two of the tournament, the Broncos matched up against the Rabbits of Delta. San Juan played a great match and looked to be on top of their game against last year’s 3A State Champs. The Broncos beat the Rabbits in three sets, 25-18, 25-15, 25-17 to move onto the finals.
In the finals, San Juan met Enterprise, a familiar foe. In 2010, the Broncos beat the Wolves in the 2A title match to claim their 11th state championship. Enterprise wasn’t to be denied this time around as the downed the Broncos 25-22, 25-12, 25-19, to claim their first volleyball title in 23 years.
The air was crisp and cool in Kamas, UT when the Bronco football team arrived for a quarter-final matchup with the South Summit Wildcats on Nov. 1.
San Juan was looking to push their all-time record against South Summit to a perfect 8-0.
However, the Wildcats had different plans and the top-ranked team in 2A was all business from start to finish as they notched their first win over San Juan.
The Broncos struggled on offense and defense. The few times things started looking up for the Broncos, they were struck with a turnover, a penalty, or a big play by the Wildcats.
South Summit started out the first quarter by scoring 21 points. They added another 15 in the second to take a 36-0 lead into the half.
In the second half, San Juan managed to make some adjustments and moved the ball a little better, but the Broncos were bit by the turnover bug and promising drives ended without any points being put on the board.
The Wildcats would score one more time in the second half to make the score 43-0, where it would remain until the final whistle blew.