Broncos dominate Bayfield, start 3-0 for first time since 2014
by Rhett Sifford
The San Juan High School football team rolled into Bayfield, CO this past Friday, August 26 looking to beat the Bayfield Wolverines and start a football season 3-0 for the first time since 2014.
From the opening kickoff following a brief lightning delay, there was never any question the Broncos would do just that.
Jerzy Nieves returned the kick 80 yards to the house, but a penalty negated the touchdown. So the San Juan offense went to work and wasted no time, scoring just 1:41 into the contest on a five-play, 87-yard drive.
The offensive onslaught continued in the first quarter, and when the dust settled the Broncos had a 35-0 lead just 9:24 into the contest.
They added an additional touchdown in the second quarter, after which the clock began to run for the remainder of the short evening, and the Broncos hopped back on their bus and headed for Blanding.
San Juan smothered the Wolverines from start to finish, and though they didn’t execute perfectly, Bayfield obviously never posed a threat.
Junior wide receiver Anthony Done had the best game of his high school career, catching five Parker Snyder passes for 98 yards and two touchdowns. Garrett Young and Jerzy Nieves also had touchdown catches in the win.
Nieves had a night too, scoring his first rushing touchdown of the season on a direct snap in the second quarter for the final score of the night. He also intercepted two Bayfield passes on defense.
Brigham Nielson got two picks in the game also, and Jordan Duke recovered a fumble in the first quarter that ultimately led to San Juan’s second touchdown of the game.
Quarterback Parker Snyder continued to look strong for the Broncos. He was 19 of 30 on the night for 299 yards and four more touchdowns. He now has ten in the first three games of the season. Zack Conway ran for 83 yards and a touchdown.
On defense Trace Bennett led San Juan with nine tackles, Duke got five, and Young made four stops. Callen Burke registered the lone sack of the night.
Following the game San Juan Head Coach Barkley Christensen said, “We’re excited about the win and looking to continue to get better.”
His team is expecting a more stout challenge this week when they return to the friendly confines of the San Juan High School football field. It will be a showdown between the top-ranked teams in 2A and 1A when the Milford Tigers pay a visit to Blanding.
As usual, the kickoff is set for 7 p.m. and it’s the Friday Night Lights featured broadcast of the week starting at 6:30 on Redrock 92 and pictureitpalmer.com.