by Tad Barton
The San Juan Broncos traveled to Enterprise, UT last Friday, September 22 to take on the Enterprise Wolves.
Both teams entered the game in search of their second win of the season, San Juan with a 1-4 record and Enterprise with a record of 1-3. After 48 minutes of play, the Broncos emerged victorious by a score of 14-6.
San Juan came out on the opening drive and started marching right down the field. The Broncos drove the ball to the Enterprise 35 yard line before the drive stalled after a false start penalty on San Juan killed the drive.
The Broncos appeared to have stopped the Wolves on their first drive of the game when Enterprise faced a fourth and two from their own 42 yard line, but an encroachment penalty gave the home team a new set of downs.
The Wolves took full advantage of the opportunity when they capped off that drive with a six-yard run for the score to go up 6-0, after the PAT was not good.
The Broncos knotted up the score at 6-6 in the second quarter when they turned an eleven-play, 68-yard drive into six points when Baylr Eldredge found Jaden Torgerson on a 16-yard touchdown pass. The PAT attempt sailed wide left and the score remained tied, 6-6.
The offensive struggles continued for both teams throughout the third quarter with neither offense able to sustain a drive long enough to score.
San Juan finally bucked the trend in the waning moments of the third, moving the ball down the field to the three-yard line as the quarter came to an end with the score still tied, 6-6.
The final score of the game came just six seconds into the fourth quarter when Eldredge got behind his offensive line and plowed his way into the end zone from three yards out. Ethan Vess then punched the ball across the goal line on the two-point conversion to put the Broncos up for good, 14-6.
San Juan returns home this weekend, as they host the South Sevier Rams for Homecoming. The game is slated to begin at 7 p.m.
The Lady Broncos volleyball team was busy this past week, as they played three matches in five days. The Broncos not only won all three, but did so while losing just one set as they cruised to a perfect 3-0 on the week.
San Juan started things off on the road when they traveled to Moab, UT Tuesday, September 19 to face off against Grand. The Broncos got off to a rocky start, dropping the first set 14-25 before winning the next three sets, 25-11, 25-19, 25-20, to claim the win.
The Broncos returned home Friday, September 22 to host the North Sanpete Hawks. San Juan made quick work of North Sanpete defeating their guests in three sets, 25-14, 25-14, 25-22, to pick up their second win of the week.
On Saturday, September 23 the Broncos welcomed the Manti Templars to town for their third and final match of the week. San Juan made short work of their guests, rolling to an impressive three set win, 25-11, 25-7, 25-9.
The three wins improved the Broncos’ Region 15 record to 4-2, as they prepare to host the South Sevier Rams on Friday, September 29 at 6 p.m.
San Juan will then play Richfield on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. before welcoming the Emery Spartans to town on Tuesday, October 3 at 6:30 p.m.
The San Juan cross country teams were in action last week, as they traveled to Castle Dale, UT to run against, Emery, Monticello and Manti. The girls team took first with all their placing runners finishing in the top 10.
Jessica Walker led the way for the girls team, finishing first overall with a time of 20:54. Rachel Barton (21:12), Nizhoni Warren (21:46), and Maddison Palmer (22:09) finished third, fourth, and fifth, respectively. Celeste Hillhouse (23:49) and Lydia Pugh (24:15) rounded out the scoring runners for the Broncos in eighth and ninth place overall.
The boys team finished fourth and was led by Kade Francom who took sixth overall with a time of 17:44. Lymir Benn (18:50), Grange Simpson (19:02), Levi Ward (20:20), Cameron Jenson (20:29), and Seth Pugh (21:11) were the other runners scoring points for the Broncos.
With a 4-1 win over Richfield on Friday, September 15, the San Juan girls soccer team improved to 3-1 on the season.
Emily Jacobson got the Broncos off to a great start, as she scored the first of San Juan’s four goals just 15 seconds into the match, Jacobson would finish with two goals on the day.
Brittany Grover and Tasiah Little each scored one goal and each had an assist as well. Goalie Emily Palmer had a great day at the net, successfully defending 12 shots on goal.
The Lady Broncos will travel to Manti this Friday, September 29 to take on the Templars at 4 p.m. They will then travel to Moroni, UT on Saturday the 30th to take on the North Sanpete Hawks. That game will begin at 11 a.m.