Broncos claim title with 19-6 victory over Wildcats
The San Juan Bronco football team is starting to look like the dynastic San Juan Lady Bronco volleyball team. Shall we make a list?
Second consecutive 2A state championship.
Sixth state championship overall.
Fourth state championship at the expense of South Summit.
Eleventh state final in 24 years.
Played in four of the last six state finals, winning four.
Twentieth consecutive wins over two seasons.
In those 20 games, have allowed only 15 touchdowns and recorded ten shutouts.
Defense allowed fewer points than any team in the state in 2010.
This after the Broncos bested the hapless South Summit Wildcats (who have lost only four games in two years, all at the expense of the Broncos) 19-6 in the 2A state championships in Cedar City Saturday afternoon.
The vaunted Bronco defense did its job superbly, even with the loss of star player Stetler Shumway, who, while warming up for the game, blew the knee that he injured last week.
Shumway voluntarily played three defensive series, but couldn’t continue. Nevertheless, the defense forced the jittery Wildcats into nine fumbles, with the Broncos diving on five of them, plus an interception by Taj Eldredge. All of the turnovers simply took the life out of a game Wildcat team.
For Bronco Coach Monty Lee, the win upped his state finals record to 3-1 with wins over Millard in 2006 and South Summit in 2009 and that loss to Grand in 2005.
The Bronco offense, led by senior Cameron Shumway at quarterback, did plenty enough to win.
Shumway threw two first half touchdown passes to sophomore Barkley Christensen to stake the Broncos to an insurmountable 13-0 halftime lead. He then added a 39-yard touchdown run of his own on a quarterback draw late in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach.
For the game, Shumway completed 7 of 17 passes for 159 yards passing and 38 yards rushing. Workhorse running back Colby Redd added 52 yards rushing on 16 carries, while Tyler Nielson and Christensen each had three catches, for 80 and 84 yards respectively.