Monticello downs Whitehorse as Raiders have two-game week

The Monticello Buckaroos and Whitehorse Raiders football teams squared off last week in a cross-county contest at Monticello High School.

The Buckaroos earned their second win of the season when the Raiders came to town on Wednesday, September 22 by a final score of 43-0.

The Monticello offense racked up 315 yards through the air and 81 yards on the ground while forcing three turnovers on defense and holding the Raiders to zero points.

Ahead of the game, Monticello coach Reed Anderson spoke about the importance of improving each game and especially on the offensive line improving their blocks. Anderson saw that improvement as the Bucks had more than 400 yards of offense.

Sophomore quarterback JD McDonald completed 14 of 25 pass attempts for 305 yards and four touchdowns. Backup quarterback sophomore Robert Morrison attempted two passes, completing one for ten yards.

Senior Logan Draper led the way for the Buckaroos, catching six passes for 187 yards and three touchdowns. Draper’s longest gain came on a short pass that turned into an 80-yard touchdown as he sprinted up the sideline.

Junior Landon Ewart also had six catches for the Bucks, gaining 111 yards and one touchdown. Senior Tate Ramsey also had a catch for a 13-yard gain, while junior Javlin Robison caught one pass for a six-yard loss.

Robison did have a touchdown in the ground game for the Buckaroos as he earned 12 yards on ten carries. McDonald also had a touchdown on the ground as he carried the ball six times for 33 yards. Senior Cameron Bailey had five carries for five yards.

With a 40-point lead at halftime, Coach Anderson encouraged his team to use the second half to keep improving. Anderson promised the offensive line if they played to a certain level, he would allow members of the offensive line to run the ball.

And in the second half, the line indeed got that opportunity to carry the ball. Junior Nik Lundell earned four yards on his carry, while Tyler Thayn and Donny Atwood earned three yards on their carries. Senior Geoffry Lundell had one yard on his carry.

In addition, Thomas Fullmer had 20 yards on three carries, Michael Peterson had four yards on one carry, Zac Thayn had a one-yard run, and Tavon Black had a one-yard run.

In addition to six touchdowns scored for the Buckaroo offense, McDonald also kicked a 40-yard field goal late in the fourth quarter.

On the defensive side of the ball, the Buckaroos forced three turnovers. Robert Morrison forced one fumble and Logan Draper recovered two, while Carter Rogers caught an interception for the Bucks.

Morrison also led the team with seven tackles, while Cameron Bailey had six. Thomas Fullmer, Tyler Thayn, Tavon Black and Logan Draper all had five tackles. Thayn had one sack for Monticello.

Raiders senior quarterback Tyren Chief threw for 71 yards. Four of those passes were caught by senior Weston Manygoats, who gained 31 yards. Fellow senior Keeyah Begaye had two catches for 40 yards, including a big 30-yard gain on one reception.

While Whitehorse was held to negative yards rushing, freshman Dominic Dance had several carries for more than five yards.

Amos Nocki, Izaya Bob and Jreven Hatathle all had some big hits on defense as well for Whitehorse.

Before the game, Whitehorse head coach Andrae Beard said he sees a lot of potential in his team.

“We have a young team – a very young team – and I see a lot of talent. I’m going to give them about another year before I can say they’re really great.”

The game was the Raiders second of the season, and the second game in as many years after Whitehorse had no athletic seasons last year with a stay-at-home order in place on the Navajo Nation.

“We want to have a good game,” said Beard. “And we’re just glad to be out here to where we can play football again.”

Whitehorse played another game just three days after their trip to Monticello against undefeated Ignacio on Saturday, September 25. The Raiders lost that game 54-0.

Monticello travels to Coalville this Friday at 7 p.m. to take on the North Summit Braves. You can watch the action live on pictureitpalmer.com.

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