by Scott Boyle
Monticello’s big 68-6 win over the Whitehorse Raiders on August 29 gave new Buckaroo coach Art Adair his first head coaching win and puts the fifth ranked Buckaroos back in the 1A limelight.
That, quadrupled with four time state champion and top ranked Duchesne’s first loss in 48 games, 14-12 to North Summit, and number two ranked Rich’s loss to Summit Academy, 21-19, and with the number three and fourth ranked teams, Kanab and Diamond Ranch, each suffering their second consecutive losses, who knows where the 1-1 Buckaroos will land in the rankings this week.
The Bucks scored early and often against the Raiders, with six different Bucks reaching paydirt as Monticello raced to a 48-0 halftime lead.
Senior running back Cole Eldredge scored three touchdowns, the first one of the game on a 46 yard scamper, and then a 20 yard fumble recovery returned for a TD plus a three yard TD pass from starting QB, Makade Maloy.
Andrew Torres scored two touchdowns of his own on a 54 yard pass play from backup QB, Talon Black, and a 25-yard interception return.
Maloy scored the Buck’s second TD on a 25 yard run, Connor Lewis scored from 19 yards out, Thomas Anderson scored from 14 yards and Zach Musselman had a 12-yard TD run. Black added six PATS for the Bucks from his duties as kicker. Lots of kids got lots of opportunities to play in the lopsided win for the Buckaroos.
The Monticello boys swept the boys portion of the Red Rock Invitational XC meet in Moab last Wednesday, taking first in both the boys high school and junior high meets.
Tyler Bird won the event for the boys varsity and Adam Bunker took first in the junior high race. The boys prevailed on the course under the lead of Bird who was able to run down a Wasatch Academy runner in the last 20 meters to finish first.
Bird was followed by Jens Brewer (4th), Sheldon Black (5th) and Everett Hatch (6th) to take the team title.
Coach Holly Walker’s boys and girls teams both did San Juan proud as both Bronco teams finished in second.
Kendall Harris led the Lady Buckaroos who came in 6th.
MHS volleyball traveled to the west to participate in a season opening tournament in St. George and gave great hope to a awesome season.
The girls of Tony Esplin’s team went 3-4 on the day, beating Spanish Fork, Park City, and Richfield. They beat Spanish Fork 2-1, lost to Juan Diego 2-0 with scores of 23-25, 23-25, beat Park City 2-0 with scores of 25-22, 25 -23, lost to Dixie 2-0 with scores 18-25, 20,25, lost to Union 2-0 with scores of 23-25, 22-25, beat Richfield 2-0, with scores of 25-16, 25-18, and lost to Heriman 2-1 with scores of 25-18, 23-25, 13-15.
“Over all, the girls played really well, we were in every game and had our chances.” remarked Esplin.
Next up for the Buckaroos is a Tuesday night matchup with the San Juan Broncos.
Tired of the dry heat? Come to Florida, where Sportshorts is on family business, a grandson turning eight and all the great things that go with that.
Miami is the home of 90 degree temperatures and 95 percent humidity and superb beaches and birds. Sportshorts likes the humidity though. You don’t ever have to use lotion, while in Utah, buckets of lotion are applied. One gets used to the humidity, if you don’t mind being sweaty and wet all the time.
Here in south Florida there seems to always be a breeze blowing to cool the sweatness. And the rain? July through September are the wettest months in Monticello, where almost five and a half inches of precip falls during our annual monsoon. We had nearly three inches this year just in August.
Well, Miami puts all that to shame, averaging nearly 30 inches of rain from June to September. It rained 13 inches in Miami in July this year, almost our yearly total of 15 inches in one month. In 1924, October, it rained 32 inches in one month.
August averages about 89 degrees for a high and 79 degrees as a low in Miami. You really can’t tell the difference from morning to evening, the temp seems to stay the same. None of that cool mountain air that descends on Monticello when the sun goes down.
The hottest day ever in Miami? 98 degree. For Monticello? The same, but the coldest ever day in Miami was 32 degrees. We beat that by quite a bit. No wonder 85 gazillion people live in Miami.