MHS Buckaroos fall to eight-player football powerhouse Mancos
by David Boyle
The Monticello football team traveled to Mancos, CO to take on the Bluejays in a cross-state matchup this past Friday, September 2.
The Buckaroos fell to 1-2 on the year as they faced a tough challenge in the Bluejays who finished second in the Colorado 8-player league last year.
Mancos continues to look explosive on offense and stout on defense in their first two games of the season including the 52-13 victory over the Buckaroos.
Mancos opened the game on a quick three-play drive capped with a 50-yard touchdown pass from Ayden Mathews to Broc Imel with a two-point conversion successful.
After a three-and-out from the Buckaroos, the Bluejays capped a 15-play drive with a five-yard rushing touchdown by Kail Wayman to make the score 14-0 at the end of the first quarter.
After another stalled Monticello drive, Mancos added to their lead when Wayman punched in another 15-yard rushing touchdown in the second quarter.
Another three-and-out by Monticello led to another sustained drive by Mancos and a four-yard touchdown run for Wayman.
A fumble on Monticello’s next possession turned into another score for Mancos, giving them a 38-0 lead with about three minutes to go in the first half.
On the following kickoff, Monticello’s Easton Young returned the ball 28 yards to set the Buckaroos up at the 48 yard line.
On the first play of the drive, Zac Thayn ran for a four-yard gain.
After an incomplete pass on second down, quarterback JD McDonald found Easton Young for a 35-yard gain to the Mancos 15 yard line.
After a three-yard run by Javlin Robison and two incomplete passes, the Bluejays were called for a roughing the passer penalty setting Monticello up at the six yard line.
On the following play McDonald scrambled out of pressure and found Landon Ewart in the back of the end zone to make the score 38-6 which held through the end of the first half.
At the start of the second half, the Buckaroos drove to the 25-yard line but were unable to move the chains.
The Bluejays responded with a sustained drive but Monticello’s Robert Morrison forced a fumble that was recovered by Robison at the nine yard line.
On the next play Mancos forced a fumble on a trick play and recovered the ball in the end zone to give Mancos a 46-6 lead in the third quarter. The score triggered a running clock for the remainder of the game.
Mancos added another TD in the fourth quarter and Monticello responded with a 65-yard drive ending in a six-yard touchdown pass from McDonald to Young. McDonald kicked an extra point, making the final score 52-13.
Monticello heads to Altamont this Friday, September 9 with the kickoff set for 7:00 p.m. against the Longhorns. The game will stream live on pictureitpalmer.com.
The Buckaroos also play on Saturday, September 10 at the Utah School for the Deaf and Blind.