Monticello football team suffers loss in Parowan
The Monticello Buckaroo football team fell to the Parowan Rams on September 3 in a high-scoring affair. The final score was 54-14.
While the Buckaroo offense moved the ball throughout the game, they were able to complete just two sustained drives and were held to just 14 points.
The Rams, on the other hand, strung together long drives and were helped by a defense that forced a number of Buckaroo turnovers.
In the end, the Bucks fell to 1-3, while the Rams improved to 2-2 as the regular season moves into the middle stage.
The Monticello offense is still recovering from the devastating loss of three-year starting quarterback Devin Hatch. While Sophomore JD McDonald is making progress every week, fine-tuning the Buckaroo offense requires precise timing and practice.
Parowan received the opening kickoff and drove the length of the field with a drive highlighted by a touchdown pass and a 7-0 lead.
Parowan forced the first of four Buckaroo interceptions on the subsequent possession when McDonald was hit just as he released a pass. This one was returned into the end zone, and just four minutes into the game Parowan had a 13-0 lead.
Monticello put together its longest sustained drive of the first half on the next possession, driving 78 yards down the field. Landon Ewert fought off two defenders and came down with an 18-yard touchdown pass in the endzone to put the Buckaroos on the scoreboard, 14-7.
The remainder of the first half was all Parowan as the Rams put on an offensive show – aided by Buckaroo turnovers – and raced to a 48-7 halftime lead.
Although it was a running clock in the second half, the Buckaroos fought to the very end. They dominated possession in the second half, controlling the ball, racking up yardage, and moving the offense.
A single pick-six accounted for the Rams’ only points of the half. The Bucks drove the length of the field and earned their second touchdown of the night when Javlin Robison punched it in from one yard out.
McDonald completed 21 of 41 passes for 181 yards and one touchdown in the loss.
Logan Draper led Buckaroo receiving with ten catches for 71 yards. Landon Ewert got 50 yards on five receptions and a touchdown. Tate Ramsay had three catches for 44 yards, and Javlin Robison had 16 yards on three grabs.
Robison was the leading rusher for Monticello with 40 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries. McDonald carried 12 times for 18 yards and Carson Wells had 13 yards on two carries.
Defensively, the Bucks were led by Robison, Cameron Bailey, Tyler Thayn, Thomas Fullmer, Tate Ramsay, Michael Peterson, Logan Draper, and JD McDonald.
Monticello travels to Salina this Friday, September 10 to take on the #1 and 4-0 North Sevier Wolves.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. The game will be streamed live on pictureitpalmer.com and sjrnews.com.