by Tad Barton
The San Juan Broncos overcame a slow start last Friday, September 2nd as they took on the Richfield Wildcats in Richfield, Utah. After holding their previous opponent scoreless the Broncos defense took a while to get things going against the Wildcats. Richfield received the opening kickoff and methodically drove down the field to score the first touchdown of the game and take an early 6-0 lead. The Broncos then rattled off 40 unanswered points before the Wildcats were able to find the end zone again, this time late in the fourth quarter resulting in a 40-14 victory for San Juan.
The Broncos looked a bit sleepy when they started off the game, kicking the ball to the home team as Richfield marched the ball down the field on their opening drive.
The thirteen play 92 yard drive chewed up most of the time in the first quarter and gave the Wildcats a 6-0 lead. San Juan was quick to answer Jordan Blake returned the ensuing kickoff 66 yards to the Wildcat 10 yard line and two plays later Dylan Ivins punched it in from 3 yards out. Aaron Mitchell drove home the PAT to give the Broncos a 7-6 lead.
The San Juan offense was back in business when Blake intercepted a Wildcat pass on Richfield’s second offensive play of their next possession. The Bronco drive covered 49 yards this time, much of it came on a 3rd and 20 when Blake dropped back and found Mitchell for a 33 yard pick up.
The next play Ivins notched his second rushing touchdown of the night, this time from 8 yards out. Mitchell’s PAT attempt was blocked giving San Juan a 13-7 lead.
Neither team could get much going early on in the second quarter, punting multiple times each. Finally the Broncos got things going when Blake hooked up with Jay McDonald on a screen pass near midfield. McDonald then picked up some blocks from Zach Brown and Connor Palmer and then broke three tackles as he rumbled 47 yards for the score. Mitchell tacked on the extra point giving San Juan a 20-6 lead, where it would remain for the rest of the first half.
The Broncos started off the third quarter in great field position after Richfield’s pooch kick was covered up by Ivins on the San Juan 37 yard line.
The 63 yard drive ended when Blake tucked in behind center Lucas Giddings and guards Peter Shumway and Coleman Black to score from one yard out. The kick by Mitchell was again no good, giving the Broncos a 20 point lead, 26-6.
Once again the San Juan defense set up the offense with great field position when Nathan Nielson stepped in front of a Wildcat pass and reeled it in for the interception.
Two plays later Carver Black took the handoff from Blake, picked up some great blocks and strolled 18 yards to the end zone. Mitchell then added the extra point, making the score 33-6 in favor of the Broncos.
The two teams traded punts on their next possessions, but San Juan was able to score after their punt was fumbled by the Wildcat returner and then scooped up by Coleman Black, who returned in 18 yards for the Broncos’ final touchdown of the night. The extra point by Mitchell went through the uprights, giving San Juan a commanding 40-6 lead.
In the fourth quarter the Wildcats were able to find the end zone one last time, adding the two point conversion as well, but it was too little too late as San Juan cruised to the second win of the season, 40-14.
The Broncos return home this Friday, September 9 to host the Summit Academy Bears out of Bluffdale, Utah. The Bears come into the game with a 3-0 record with wins over; Emery, Union and most recently South Sevier. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.
X-Country, ARL Boys Take First at Loyds Lake Invite
Cross country teams from ARL Middle School and San Juan High participated last week in the Loyds Lake Invitational hosted by Monticello High School. The boys’ team from ARL took top honors in the Jr. High Division besting second place Telluride, CO by 17 points.
Top runners for the ARL boys team, along with their times, are: Cameron Jensen - 9:48.31, Kaylan Perkins – 10:26.47 and Spencer Jensen – 10:49.25.
Other members of the team include Evan Monson, Bryant Francom, Landon Martinez, Trace Francom, Tate DeWitt, Daniel Williams, Ashton Jones, Lincoln Bouchard, Jadan Lacy, Colton Shumway, Nasian Lee, Connor Montella, Callen Burke, Vichon Poyer, Sam Lewis, Josh Webb, Domirick Mustache, Preston Douglas, Landon Dalton, and Elijah Ward.
The ARL girls team also participated in the Jr. High Division, taking fifth place. Top runners and their times for the ARL girls’ team were: Ella Lyman – 11:06.46, Emily Jacobsen – 12:14.43 and Sofie Hook – 12:23.02.
The San Juan High boys team placed 5th out of 11 teams in the Varsity Division with a score of 114. Top runners and times for the Broncos boys’ team are: Kade Francom – 18:19.53, Thomas Hook – 18:29.50 and Grange Simpson – 18:45.00.
In the girls Varsity Division, San Juan placed 4 out of 10 teams with a score of 107. Top runners and their times for the girls’ team were: Jessica Walker – 20:55.54, Alexis James – 22:39.02 and Nizhoni Warren – 22:45.81.
The Broncos have two races this week the first on Wednesday, September 7 in Salina, UT, hosted by North Sevier High School and the second will be on Friday, September 9 in Durango, CO, hosted by Durango High School.