The Monticello Buckarooo football team treated the homeocomoing crowd to a welcome treat with a resounding 51-6 thumping of the Altamont Longhorns Friday night in Monticello.
Senior running back Austin Maloy scored four touchdowns, kicked a fieldgoal, and booted four extra points to do most of the damage offensively for the Bucks, who were coming off a close loss to the Rich Rebels last Friday.
The Buckaroos warmed up the frozen fans right from the first when the Longhorns fumbled the opening kickoff that the Bucks obligingly pounced on. Two Austin Maloy carries later and Monticello was on the board, 7-0, just seconds into the game as Maloy scored from two yards out.
Makade Maloy interecepted the Longhorns first offering on their next possession and returned the pick to the nine yard line, after which Austin M scored again on a nine yard jaunt right up the middle of the stunned Altamont defense.
Less than two minutes into the game, the Bucks led 14-0. After a Longhorn punt on the next possession, the Bucks took over on the Altamont 35 yard line scored in six plays, with Dillon Maughan getting the touchdown on another 13 yard run up the gut. 21-0.
The Longhorns regrouped and started a drive of their own pushing the ball from their own 30 down to the Buckaroo 38 yard line before a fumble was recovered by Tobyn Esplin.
After Cole Eldredge rumbled for 14 yards, Austin Maloy outran the entire Longhorn team to the endzone from 48 yards out. With a two point conversion on a pass from Maughan to Makade, it was 29-0 with 2:19 left in the first quarter.
Altamont almost scored in the second quarter but an Austin Maloy interception stopped a Longhorn drive on the Buckaroo seven yard line. A procedure penalty and two incomplete passes forced the Bucks to punt from the endzone.
The Longhorns capitalized and scored in two plays from the 19 yard line. The Bucks added a nifty touchdown as the first half ended on a beautiful 48 yard TD pass from Maloy (Makade) to Maloy (Austin) giving the Bucks a 35-6 halftime lead.
The Bucks kept up the pressure, scoring on their first two possessions of the second half, a 10 yard Maughan carry and a 22 yard blast by Hunter Bowring. Maloy then kicked a 40 yard field goal in the fourth quarter to top off the Buckarooo scoring parade.
For the night the Buckaroos rushed for 292 yards on 39 carries gaining 19 first downs. Austin Maloy had 148 of those yards on 12 carries, Maughan had 72 yards on 10 carries, Eldredge 47 yards on four carries and Bowring 29 yards on five carries.
The Buckaroo defense forced four Longhorn turnovers, two interceptions and two fumbles. Eldredge led in tackles with 7.5, followed by Brandon Mussleman and Zakk Rogers with 5.5 apiece.
Monticello sits atop the 1A South Region standings tied with Kanab and Diamond Ranch with identical 2-0 records. The 3-4 Bucks travel to Hurricane this Friday for a contest with Diamond Ranch, who stand at 4-3 on the season.
VolleyballThe Lady Broncos returned the favor on the Buckaroos of Monticello Tuesday night in Blanding with a 3-0 whitewash of the Buckaroos.
The Broncos pounded the Bucks right from the start winning all three sets, 25-15, 25-14 and 25-23.
It was that kind of a week for the Lady Broncos as they also swept both region foes, Wasatch Academy and North Sevier, 3-0, to run their region record to 6-0 and first place.
The Lady Bucks rebounded against Navajo Mountain and won in three, 3-0, too. The Lady Bucks host Whitehorse on Friday, while the Broncos host the Grand County Red Devils on Tuesday.
The boys and girls cross country ran in Cortez Saturday, the boys without top runner Easton Nielson and a couple of other runners.
Coach Jeff Hunt reports, “We ran pretty well shorthanded. But the boys were beat by one point on the basis of Colorado where you are allowed to score four runners and not five.
“Tyler Bird was the top finisher for the boys in 8th, with Jens Brewer in 10th. For the girls, Bailey Goodwine was in 9th to pace the girls to 4th.”
Sheldon Black was 11th for the Buckaroo boys, Kyler LaRose 15th and Everett Hatch 21sts.
San Juan boys were paced by Braden Meyer in 12th place, and Cole and Chase Chamberlain in 17th and 18th.
For the girls of Monticello, after Goodwine, Cambria Welch and Kendal Harris were 17th and 18th. Nancy Johnson was 34th. San Juan girls were paced by Alexsis James in 19th place, Alexia Stash in 21st, Lynalla Benn in 26th and Ann Pugh in 3oth to come in fifth, just behind the Buckaroos.
San Juan boys took first in the JV race, placing runners third to tenth, paced by Patten Black in third, followed by Garrett Chamberlain, Cole Montella, Derek Francom, Monson Brown, William Heck, Ammon Teare, and Thomas Hook.