by Scott Boyle
After getting drilled in the first game of the September 24 home volleyball match against the Lady Broncos of San Juan, 25-14, the Lady Buckaroos regrouped and took three straight games from the Broncos of coach Cassie Moon, 25-21, 25-23, 25-23 in a thrilling and entertaining seesaw battle.
The Bucks were playing without setter Loren Nielson, who was out with a concussion suffered on the cheerleading squad,
In both the third and fourth games, the Lady Broncos forged late leads, only to have the Buckaroos rebound to win.
In the final set, Moon’s cohorts, behind the pinpoint setting of Jessie Ivins and the powerful hitting of Tatianna S’uesu’e, tied the Lady Bucks at 21 apiece.
After a Monticello time out, Buckaroo Shania DeAnda dropped two serves in a row on the Broncos to give the Bucks a 23-21 lead which they held to the end.
Even with the loss to Monticello, the Lady Broncos still lead Region 15 and boast a 4-0 region record after beating the South Sevier Rams in Monroe on Saturday afternoon, 3-2. The Broncos are ranked number two in 2A play and have a 10-6 season record.
Monticello sits atop Region 19 at 5-0, and are ranked third in 1A behind undefeated St. Joes and Rich. Monticello’s season record is now 15-4, after a Friday defeat of Pinnacle , 3-0. These two teams, Monticello and San Juan, match up again this week in Blanding on Tuesday.
Austin Maloy scored two touchdowns and Dillon Maughan added another, but it was not enough as the Monticello Buckaroos football team fell to the Rich Rebels on their homecoming 20-19.
The Bucks, who rushed for 292 yards, including a career high 159 by senior running back Dillon Maughan, controlled most of the game after Rich scored first to take a 7-0 lead in the first quarter.
Running the ball effectively, Maloy had 78 yards 13 carries, Cole Eldredge had 57 yards on nine carries.
The Buckaroos battled back from two first quarter turnovers to score a touchdown in the second quarter on a Austin Maloy 15-yard dash up the middle while the defense clamped down on the Rebel running attack to close the score to 7-6 at halftime.
The Bucks went for two on the extra point try but failed.
In the third quarter, the Bucks jumped all over the Rebels, scoring twice on a 65-yard run up the middle by Maughan to paydirt and another Maloy touchdown run, this time from one yard out, to build a commanding 19-7 lead going into the fourth quarter.
The teams traded possessions with the ball with not much happening, until a bad snap on a punt attempt by the Buckaroos gave the Rebels new life at the Buckaroo 10 yard line.
The Rebels quickly scored on a 10-yard pass from QB McKay Jarman to Skyler Argyle and added the extra point.
The Rebel sideline was suddenly homecoming-stoked, 19-14.
But the Bucks responded, driving down the field inside the Rebel 20, only to miss on a field goal attempt by Austin Maloy.
Rich then drove the field for the winning touchdown, though the Bucks stopped the extra point try for two.
The Bucks came right down the field again, but a last ditch pass into the endzone fell harmlessly to the ground and the Rebels had their victory.
Monticello played well. The defense played with abandon and spirit. They were led by Jake Giles and Makade Maloy with 8.5 tackles apiece, Cole Eldredge 7.5 tackles, Zakk Rogers 7, and Dillon Maughan 6.5.
The Buckaroos, two weeks after getting flagged 15 times against Kanab, had only one penalty against Rich.
The boys did it again, winning the eight-team Red Rock Invite in Moab on Wednesday and taking second to Durango a the Chicken Creek Run in Mancos on Saturday.
Easton Nielson continued his impressive senior season, capturing first place in the Red Rock Invite by 44 seconds over the second place finisher, KJ Martinez of Monument Valley.
Monticello’s Tyler Bird was third, with Jens Brewer fifth, Everett Hatch eighth, Tanner Eardley tenth and Sheldon Black 11th, as the Bucks easily outdistanced second place Grand County, 26-74.
San Juan, paced by Christian Sherrow in 13th, took third. Chase Chamberlain was 16th, Cole Chamberlain 18th, Spencer Beck 19th, and Braden Meyer 21st, also ran well for the Broncos.
Monticello girls were second to Juan Diego at Red Rock, 34-67, as Bailey Goodwine finished fifth overall. Zoe Chadwick was seventh, Kendal Harris 11th, Nancy Johnson 24th and Ashley Hoggard and Cambria Welch 27th and 28th to get Monticello a second place finish.
San Juan girls were fifth, with Alexia Stash, Alexis James, and Kira Simpson finishing 14th, 15th, and 16th, respectively.