In a very “Workman” like performance, the San Juan Bronco football team thumped the Grand County Red Devils Friday night in Moab, 47-13.
Meanwhile, in the opener for Monticello, the Buckaroos came up just short of the 3A Carbon Dinos, 27-20.
The Broncos showed their multiple-weaponed attack in their shellacking of the Red Devils. Junior QB Barkley Christensen took over the reign of Cameron Shumway admirably, throwing the ball with accuracy and deadly effectiveness, to a fine stable of receivers, led by junior Bobby Bowring and senior Parker Maeli.
Christensen also handed the ball off to the usual bevy of Bronco running backs, led by fellow junior Logan Meyer, who had well over 100 yards rushing and carrying the ball himself. Christensen also gaining nearly 100 yards himself on five carries in the first half alone in the 65th meeting between the two schools.
As a result, the Broncos jumped out to a commanding 26-0 lead in the first half that could have easily been 33-0 except for a Bronco fumble into the endzone on their second drive of the night.
Add a touchdown on an interception return by Meyer and two other turnovers, an interception by Maerli and a strip and fumble recovery by junior lineman Bogh Bayles, and the Broncos pretty much had their way.
The Broncos scored on every possession except for the fumble in the first half, even got a safety on a Bowring blocked punt, and a Meyer field goal. Their first punt didn’t come until the second half.
But there were some first game jitters two as the Broncos racked up a few holding penalties, had a turnover or two themselves and had to turn two muffed snaps on extra points into Meyer two point scrambles.
But all in all, Coach Lee was happy with the Workman like effort. Asked about the team performance and fan support as the community mourns the loss of Jason Workman, Lee responded, “I am not really sure the team reaction and performance had much to do with the thoughts of Jason, but I know the coaches have had a difficult time and that might have rubbed off on the team.
“As an individual, Jason is probably not remembered by many of the players but everywhere you go you see and feel his impact. Tradition is established by example and Jason’s example is followed by those that have a desire and drive to win and succeed.
“Hard work, dedication, love of teammates, and loyalty are only a few of the footprints left by Jason Workman for these young men of today and the boys of the future to follow.
“Jason will always be in our hearts and I will miss him terribly. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wonderful family.”
The Broncos host the Kirtland NM Broncos in the home opener this Friday.
The Buckaroos traveled to Price for their opening game to take on the Dinos. And they held their own, scoring first in the seesaw battle on a 90-yard kickoff return by Austin Maloy.
After tieing the game at 20 late in the fourth quarter on a Austin Wilcox four-yard run, the Bucks gave notice to the Dinos that they were for real.
Then the Bucks were shocked themselves when Carbon completed a 75-yard pass play leading to the winning touchdown with just a couple of minutes left in the game.
The Austins, Maloy and Wilcox, helped the Buckaroo crowd quickly forget the graduating duo of Devin Wright and Kendall Maughan with their daring running efforts from the backfield.
Maloy also scored the Bucks second touchdown on an seven yard run in the second quarter.
The veteran Monticello offensive line, anchored by three year starter Adam Black, played splendidly.
Next up for the Buckaroos is a trip to Moab to face the Red Devils.
By the way did you notice that the Broncos and Buckaroos are not scheduled to play this year? First time since 1992 that the two schools have not met on the gridiron.
Both the Monticello and San Juan volleyball teams participated in volleyball tournaments over the weekend, the Broncos at the Tournament of Champions and the Bucks at the Dixie Tournament.
Results weren’t available at press time. Cross country teams start action this week as well with a meet in Cedar City.