by Scott Boyle
The San Juan Broncos ran their 2012 football record to 3-0 and moved to the number one ranking in 2A football with a substantial 41-6 win over the previously undefeated South Sevier Rams.
Bronco Coach Monty Lee said before the game, “South Sevier will be tough. They have a new move-in that adds a great deal to their program, so it will be fun.”
However, the Broncos methodically put away the Rams, to run their overall record against the Rams to 22-3. The Rams last defeated San Juan in 1980.
Senior QB Barkley Christensen led the offensive onslaught with two TD runs in the first quarter and a kickoff return to open the second half.
Ammon Mitchell continued his fine season with a second quarter TD dash. Grant Laws scored in the fourth quarter when the Broncos were mopping up.
The defense stopped the high scoring (30 ppg) Ram offense cold, allowing only one TD.
Said Lee after the Monticello game, “I think physically we are coming along real well but we have a long way to go on the mental game.”
Looks like the mental game is doing fine too.
Monticello bounced back from that disappointing 35-0 loss to San Juan last week to blitz the highly regarded Layton Christian Flying Eagles on Friday afternoon in Layton.
Despite a half hour lightning and rain delay, the Bucks still overwhelmed the Eagles with an important 34-0 win over a 1A foe.
LC came into the game with a 2-0 record and as a seven point favorite over the Bucks. However, after marching right down the field for two first quarter scores and another in the second quarter before the rain delay, the Bucks knocked the wind right out of the high flying Eagles.
After the San Juan loss, coach Lee Chadwick said, “We will need to be in much better shape as the season goes on. We didn’t talk well to pick up linebacker blitzes, and our pass protection was weak. We’ll continue to work on these things this week.
“Defensively, we had some players in new positions for the first time in varsity games which resulted in some missed assignments. It was a good learning experience for them, and they will be able to learn a lot as we review film.
“We’d hoped to have a better showing against San Juan. We battled pretty well the first half, but got pretty ragged as we got tired. We need to learn to hold on to the ball long enough to reach the end zone.”
The Bucks certainly proved their coach right in the convincing Layton Christian win, also jumping to number two in the 1A rankings.
Dillon Maughan started the scoring parade off with a one yard touchdown run, after which Brian Robinson scored on a nine yard run.
Jake Duncan caught a three yard pass from Austin Maloy to run the Bucks to a 20-0 halftime score.
After taking only three minutes for a halftime break because of the rain delay earlier, and the fact that the LC field doesn’t have lights, the teams hurried to the second half.
PJ Leiataua caught a 39-yard touchdown pass from Maloy to end the offensive scoring for the Bucks.
The Buck defense totally shut down the LC offense. LC QB, Kyle Yockey, who lit up the Bucks in last year’s semi-final game, could only manage five completions on 12 passes against this year’s Buckaroo secondary.
Four of Yockney’s completions were to the wrong team, as the Bucks had four picks. Gunnar Hollinsgworth caught one of those passes and returned it 21 yards for the last TD. MHS travels to Monument Valley for a region contest this Friday.
Bronco cross country coaches, Kimberly and Steve Hiatt, post the following report:
“More than 650 runners participated in the Utah County Invitational on Saturday, September 1 in Orem, Utah including 14 of San Juan High Schools’ top XC runners. San Juan and Maeser Prep Academy were the only 2A schools in attendance.
“The other 13 schools included XC powerhouses like Mountainview, Orem, Herriman, Maple Mountain, Timpanogas and Park City (who has the fastest runner in the state this year).
“Freshman Alexia Stash (23:03) placed 60th out of 133 freshman/sophomore runners. Her teammate Kelsey Flavel (26:55) also ran well in the freshman/sophomore race.
“Kira Simpson (23:54) led the Bronco girls’ team in the Junior/Senior race to an 84th place out of 144 runners. She was followed by Katrisa Ward (24:12), Brittany Bleak (24:56), Heidi Hiatt (25:54) and Shaeli Black (25:58).
“In the boys freshman/sophomore race, Cole Chamberlain (17:41) posted the fast time of the day for the Broncos with a 24th finish out of 164 runners. Matt Lewis (18:44) and Patten Black (19:31) also raced in the younger classman race.
“In the junior/senior race, Christian Sherrow (18:31) placed 115 out of 210 runners, with Dallin Jacobsen (18:32), Chase Chamberlain (18:34) and Braden Meyer (19:08) close behind. The Broncos travel to Loyds Lake on September 7 to compete in the Blue Mountain Classic. Start time is 3 p.m.”
Buckaroo coach Jeff Hunt reports on the SUU run: ”We had some great times. Almost everyone improved by 30 to 40 seconds over their last years times, and some newcomers showed real toughness. The boys showed that they were the team to beat in 1A and the girls when healthy will be in the mix for a title.”
Top runner for the girls, Bailey Goodwine, has been out with a broken collar bone, but is expected to return this week.
The San Juan Lady Broncos were 1-1 on the week, getting the better of Aztec, NM on Tuesday 3-0. The Broncos had an easy time with the Tigers, winning, 25-16, 25-14, and 25-15. They had a much tougher match Saturday in Bayfield CO, losing a tight three set match, 25-15, 25-23, 25-21. The Broncos return to action at home against Kirtland, NM on Tuesday.
The Lady Buckaroos return to action Tuesday also with a home match against the top ranked 2A team from Grand County.