by Scott Boyle
The Monticello Buckaroo football team fell to 1-2 on the season after a 45-12 loss to 3A Richfield on Friday night in Richfield.
The Bucks couldn’t get much going against the Wildcats, who are 3-0 on the season after wins over 1A Kanab, 6-0, and 2A South Sevier, 23-17.
The Wildcats made it difficult for the Buckaroos to move the ball, and the Buck defense returned the favor, holding the high-powered offense to just one touchdown in the first quarter for a 7-0 lead.
But the floodgates opened in the second quarter when Richfield pushed in three touchdowns. Monticello’s bright spot was another McKade Maloy to Andrew Torres touchdown pass, this one for 65 yards to leave the Bucks trailing at halftime 28-7.
Richfield quickly added 17 more points in the third quarter to put the game out of reach for the Bucks at 45-7. But not giving up, the Maloy to Torres connection hooked up one more time in the fourth quarter for a 10-yard TD pass to get the final score.
Sadly for the Buckaroos, Chance Weahkee, an important cog on offense and defense for the Bucks, looks to be lost for the season with an ankle injury.
The Bucks continue their three game road swing this week with a trip to Kanab. Kanab is also 1-2 on the season with the aforementioned loss to Richfield, a 26-9 loss to Beaver and a 41-0 win over Monument Valley last Friday. Action begins at 7 p.m. Friday night in Kanab.
San Juan High School girls XC team captured the annual Loyds Lake Classic cross country meet Friday afternoon in Monticello, with Monticello boys taking second to Grand Junction Central High.
Rachel Demby of Cortez High took the individual title, finishing the race around Loyds Lake in 19:52. Alexia Stash of San Juan led the Bronco parade to the team title, though, with a third place finish overall.
She was followed in seventh place by Jessica Walker and a trio of Bronco lady runners, Nizhoni Warren, Ann Pugh, and Whitney Jacobsen, who were 12th, 13th and 14th overall.
MHS girls finished fifth in the 10-team event. Bailey Goodwine topped the Lady Bucks in 16th place, followed by Cambria Welch in 21st , Kendal Harris in 28th, Nathalie Reay 37th, and Marin Clark, 48th.
Tyler Bird paced the Buckaroo boys to second with a second-place finish of his own in 16:50. Bird finished just three seconds behind winner, Ro Paschal of Mancos.
Sheldon Black had a great time for the Bucks, 17:45 to finish fifth overall. Jens Brewer was eighth, Everett Hatch 16th, and Ryan Bird 32nd.
San Juan boys finished fourth and were led by Cole Chamberlain in 14th place, Adam Ward 19th, Teancum Chamberlain 21st, and Patten Black and Derek Francom in 28th and 29th place.
San Juan boys and girls both finished first in the JV races, with Jared Ward and Thomas Hook taking fourth and fifth for the boys, and Carey Stash and Sierra Monson going 1-2 for the girls.
Monticello’s Adam Bunker won his second race in a row, taking the junior high boys race by 11 seconds over ARL’s Seth Pugh. Buckaroo boys also took first, over San Juan in second, with Alan Pettit, Brittain Brewer, and Dylan Bird coming in fourth, fifth and sixth. Lucas Hatch rounded out the Buckaroo scoring with a 15th place finish.
Kade Francom was the second Bronco to finish, in ninth place. Cameron Jensen 12th, Lymir Benn 14th, and Brandon Walker 23rd were the other scoring runners for ARL.
Whitehorse won the girls junior high race, followed by ARL and Monticello. Top finishers are Jalynn Swenson of ARL in fourth, Phoebe Johnson of MHS in fifth, Tasiah Little ARL 13th and Tessa Goodwine MHS 16th.
Monticello won the first game, 25-16, in one of the annual volleyball showdowns with San Juan and Monticello, but San Juan rallied to take the last three, 25-19, 25-22, and 25-21 in a rousing event Tuesday night in Monticello.
The loss drops the Buckaroos to 3-5 on the young season.
The rematch between the number one ranked and 8-3 Lady Broncos and the fourth ranked (1A) Lady Buckaroos is Tuesday, October 7 in Blanding.