San Juan High School celebrated homecoming this past week. The activities and competitions got started on October 7 with the annual Mr. San Juan Pageant.
Those in attendance were treated to a variety of talent acts, mesmerized by evening wear and left in awe at by the intellectual prowess of the participants as they answered questions asked by their peers.
When it was all said and done, Koy Nielson took home the coveted crown. His attendants are first attendant Easton Lee and second attendant Sterling Black. Chase Richmond was voted the audience favorite.
On Tuesday night, the volleyball team played host to the Grand County Red Devils. The Lady Broncos remain undefeated in Region play, winning in three sets 25-16, 25-19 and 25-22.
Both Jesse Ivins and Jade Palmer had solid performances to help the Lady Broncos improve their overall record to 14-6. Their next match is Tuesday, October 15 at Emery. Play begins at 6:30 p.m.
On Wednesday night, football junkies were treated to a great Powder Puff game. The junior and senior girls played hard as both made big plays and had big hits. Points were put on the board in a hurry by both squads in the first half.
The defenses settled in and played great in the second half. When the final buzzer rang, the game ended in a 16-16 tie.
On Friday night, the Bulldogs of Gunnison Valley came to town and it was the football team’s turn to shine.
In the early parts of the game both teams exchanged scores and after one quarter San Juan held a slim 7-6 lead.
The second quarter started off much the same when the Broncos second touchdown was answered by the Bulldogs on their next drive and San Juan led 14-12. The rest of the half was all Broncos as they tacked on three more scores, taking a 35-12 lead into the locker room.
Gunnison got the ball first to start the third quarter and wasted no time chipping into San Juan’s lead bringing the score to 35-18.
On the ensuing kickoff the Bulldogs executed a near perfect onside kick and again drove the ball down the field for another score cutting the Bronco lead to 10 points 35-25.
San Juan decided enough was enough, buckled down and put the game out of reach by scoring three second half touchdowns, while the defense thwarted the Gunnison offense the rest of the game. When the last second ticked off the scoreboard read San Juan 56 Gunnison 25.
The Broncos had their best offensive performance of the year as they amassed 440 yards of offense, 303 yards rushing and 137 yards passing.
The rushing attack was led by Jens Grover who had 94 yards on 15 carries and two touchdowns.
He was followed by Max Morley, who toted the ball five times for 83 yards and a score. Grant Laws was next with six attempts for 62 yards and one touchdown.
Payton Palmer scored twice on seven carries and racked up 35 yards. The rushing was rounded out by Trason Jack, Chase Palmer, Braxton Brown and Jordan Blake who combined for 29 yards on eight carries along with one touchdown from Jack.
In the passing game, Payton Palmer went eight of 12 for 137 yards and one touchdown. Catching Palmer’s passes are DiQuan Lopez who finished the night with three grabs for 72 yards and a score, followed by Laws who hauled in four passes for 43 yards.
Sterling Black rounded things out with one reception for 15 yards.
Defensively, San Juan enjoyed their best outing of the season as they forced seven Gunnison turnovers, five interceptions and two fumbles.
Grover led all Bronco tacklers with seven stops and a sack. He was followed by Jack, Brittain Bowring and Hayden Brown who had five apiece, Brown also had two sacks.
Laws, Black, Kavika Su’esu’e, Chase Richmond and Brayden Giddings chipped in four stops each. Giddings also added two sacks while Black had one sack.
Lopez and Easton Lee both tallied three stops, Blake and Chase Palmer had two, while Payton Palmer, Braxton Brown, Nathan Nielson, Davin Lyman and Jonathon Lewis added one each.
Blake also had two interceptions followed by Jack, Bowring and Su’esu’e who all had one.
San Juan hosts Grand next week for senior night. The game will be on Thursday, October 17 and kickoff will be at 7 p.m.
On Tuesday, October 15 the San Juan Boys and Girls Cross Country teams host the Region 15 Cross Country Meet. Come out and support these hard working athletes.