by Tad Barton
The San Juan’s boys and girls cross country teams competed this past Tuesday, September 15 at Emery. Both teams did well, with the girls’ team finishing second out of five teams with a team score of 37 and an average time of 23:13.00.
The boys’ team also did well, finishing third in the team standings with a team score of 64 and an average time of 19:00.03.
Pacing the girls is Jessica Walker, who finished in fifth place with a time of 22:19, just ahead of teammate Ann Pugh, who crossed the finish line in sixth place with a time of 22:37.
Alexis James came in 10th with a time of 23:30, only two seconds ahead of teammate Laura Burke, who claimed 11th place with a time of 23:32.
Nizhoni Warren was the next runner to finish for the Broncos, completing the race with a time of 24:07 in 13th place.
Rounding out the scoring positions for San Juan was Tallie Chamberlain with a time of 25:30 and Lyandra Benn at the 26:13 mark of the race, placing them at 21st and 22nd respectively
In the boys race, San Juan was led by Derek Francom, who placed seventh with a time of 18:14.72. Thomas Hook was the next to cross the finish line for the Broncos, finishing with a time of 18:47.81 and in ninth place.
Grange Simpson and Cole Montella are the next two San Juan runners to finish. Simpson came in 12th with a time of 19:09.94, while Montella finished 16th, crossing the finish with a time of 19:20.96.
Finishing 20th is Garrett Chamberlain with a time of 19:26.68. Monson Brown and Luke Blake capped off the scoring for San Juan, finishing 26th and 31st respectively. Brown finished with a time of 20:02.45 and Black came in with a time of 20:27.79.
Other runners competing for the Broncos at Emery for the girls team include McKady Grover, 26:16; Celeste Hillhouse, 27:05; Shannah Williams, 28:28; Ashley Begaye, 29:21; and Zoie Chamberlain, 35:03.
On the boys’ squad other runners included: Noah Kemner, 20:49.24; Lyle Palmer, 21:16.07; Jared Ward, 21:27.44; Josh Pugh, 21:29.87; Lymir Benn, 21:47.44; JC Clinger, 21:52.06; Luke Palmer, 21:54.90; Steven Pugh, 22:24.76; Matt Blackhorse, 22:43.04; Koleman Spillman, 23:16.66; Dominic Bradford, 23:14.41; Jared Webb, 28:29.88; CJ Berrett, 28:55.48 and Chris Smith, 33:35.50.
The Lady Broncos dropped two matches this week, first losing to Monticello in four sets. The Buckaroos came out hot, claiming the first set 25-15. After dropping the first set, San Juan battled back to claim the second set 25-22. Monticello finished off the match winning the third and fourth sets 25-19 and 25-9.
In their second match of the week, San Juan faced off against Region 15 foe North Sevier on Friday, September 18. In a closely contested match, the Broncos eventually lost to the Wolves in four set: 17-25, 26-24, 21-25, 21-25.
With the preseason wrapped up, San Juan started their 2A South Region schedule this past Friday, September 18 when they hosted the South Sevier Rams. The Broncos jumped out to an early lead and never looked back on their way to a 52-12 victory.
San Juan’s first score came on a seven yard Bronz Eldredge run. Connor Palmer added the PAT, giving the Broncos a 7-0 lead.
After forcing the Rams to a three and out, San Juan quickly scored again when Kavika Su’eSu’e sprinted 43 yards for the score. The PAT by Palmer was no good, giving San Juan a 13-0 lead.
The Broncos next score came just seconds later, during the ensuing kick return, when Baylr Eldredge stripped the ball from the Ram returner. Jaxon Lee scooped up the fumble and carried 22 yards across the goal line for the touchdown. Isaiah Hannigan was unable to add the extra point, making the score 19-0.
The Broncos then turned to special teams for their next score as Nathan Nielson reeled in a South Sevier punt near mid-field and then returned it 49 yards for the score. Hannigan’s PAT was good, giving the Broncos a 26-0 lead.
Jay McDonald notched the Broncos next touchdown on an 11-yard run. The PAT was no good and San Juan led 32-0, still in the first quarter.
On a clear sunny evening lightning struck twice for the Broncos as Paul Kyles rounded out the first quarter scoring for San Juan when he fielded a South Sevier punt and then returned it 52 yards for another Bronco touchdown.
Once again the PAT attempt was no good, giving the Broncos as 38-0 lead.
Down big, the Rams gave their fans that traveled to watch them play San Juan something to cheer about, when they returned the Broncos’ kickoff for their first touchdown of the night. Their PAT attempt was no good, leaving the score 38-6.
San Juan scored one more time in the second quarter, when McDonald toted the pigskin across the goal line for the second time in the game. The PAT following the 12-yard run was good, giving the Broncos a 39 point lead, 45-6, where it would remain until half time.
The Rams opened up the second half with an onside kick. Connor Palmer quickly jumped on the ball to retain possession for San Juan.
The final Bronco score of the night came on the opening drive of the second half, when Su’eSu’e exploded for another big gain capped the off with a score. The 49-yard rumble was followed by another successful PAT, bringing the score to 52-6.
With the game out of reach, South Sevier kept fighting, scoring another touchdown in the fourth quarter to bring the score to 52-12, where it would stand until the end of the game.
Su’eSu’e led all rushers for San Juan, finishing the game with 85 yards and two touchdowns. Dylan Ivins got the bulk of the work load on the ground, rushing 10 times for 49 yards.
Baylr Eldredge and McDonald each carried the ball six times for 38 and 35 yards respectively. McDonald also added two scores.
Bronz Eldredge finished the game with 13 yards and a touchdown on two carries. Nathan Nielson had one carry for four yards, Corbin Palmer chipped in five yards on one carry and Isaiah Hannigan carried the ball once for -1 yard.
The Bronco air attack was grounded early due to lopsided score.
Payton Palmer finished the night four of six for 42 yards, while little brother Corbin Palmer was 0 for 2. On the receiving end, Jordan Blake grabbed two passes for 28 yards and Bronz Eldredge also had two catches for 14 yards.
Leading San Juan in tackles was Mason Bethea who finished with seven tackles on the night. Baylr Eldredge, Adrian Bitsinnie and McDonald each chipped in five stops for the Broncos, while, Ivins, Lee and Su’eSu’e each added for take downs.
Baylr Eldredge also had a forced fumble which Lee recovered and returned 22 yards for the score.
Elliot Jones finished the game with three tackles and a sack. Seven Broncos tallied two tackles including; Bronz Eldredge, Landon Pemberton, Jens Jones, Coleman Black, Harley Davis, Peter Shumway and Brendon Pugh.
Recording one tackle each in the game was: Shay Laws, Carlos Redd, Avery Mitchell, Reilly Myrick, Ethan Vess, Keisen Tso, Hannigan and Blake.
The Broncos celebrate Homecoming this week as they host the Grand County Red Devils on Friday, September 25. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.