by Tad Barton
Fall sports at San Juan High are winding down, with one more team wrapping up their 2016 campaign last weekend.
The Lady Broncos volleyball team did so in Orem, UT at the UHSAA 2A State Volleyball Tournament, which was played Friday and Saturday, October 28 and 29 at Utah Valley University.
San Juan won four games and lost one, with their only loss coming at the hands of the eventual runner-up, South Summit.
The Lady Broncos started off the tournament winning their first match in three sets over Wasatch Academy, 25-15, 25-23 and 25-13.
In the second round San Juan faced off against South Summit. After dropping the first set to the Wildcats, 25-15, the Broncos fought back in the second set, at one point leading 21-17 before South Summit regained control and picked up the win in set two of the match, 23-25.
Just as it looked like the Broncos might be done for, they battled back to win set three 25-22. In set four, the Wildcats were able to finish the Broncos off and advance to the next round, 16-25.
Day two of the tournament pitted San Juan against Rowland Hall, the number one seeded team from Region 14, who had lost the night before to Delta.
After dispatching the Winged Lions, the Broncos found themselves across the net from a very familiar opponent, Region 15 foe North Sevier, who the Broncos defeated for their third and final win of the tournament, earning them fifth place.
Congratulations to Coach Cassy Moon and her team on a great year.
For the second time in two weeks, the San Juan Broncos football team faced off against the Grand County Red Devils, this time in Blanding, UT for the 2A quarterfinals.
After finishing fifth in the 2A South Region, Grand defeated Gunnison in the first round of the UHSAA 2A football playoffs to earn the right to play San Juan.
The game didn’t start off too well for San Juan, as they lost the ball on their first possession due to a fumble. The Broncos got the ball back almost immediately though, when Jordan Blake made an amazing one-handed interception to end the Red Devils’ second drive of the game.
Once they had the ball back, the Broncos wasted no time finding the end zone, scoring on their first play of the series from 52 yards out.
On first and ten from their own 48 yard line, Blake hooked up with Jaxon Lee open down the right sideline, and the rest is history. The PAT attempt by Aaron Mitchell was successful, giving San Juan the 7-0 lead.
The Broncos scored their second touchdown of the night just minutes later. After forcing a punt on Grand’s next possession, Nathan Nielson fielded the ball, picked up some blocks and dashed into the end zone from 48 yards out. The two point conversion attempt failed, making the score 13-0.
In the second quarter, there was no let up by the Broncos, as they scored 26 points in the period. Kavika Su’eSu’e opened up the scoring for San Juan in the second with an 18 yard rushing touchdown. It was followed by a run for a two-point conversion by Blake, making the score 21-0.
The next Bronco score came on a 44-yard run by Blake and once again, he ran for the two point conversion following the touchdown to extend the lead to 29 points, 29-0.
San Juan’s last touchdown of the first half came courtesy of Bayl’r Eldredge who weaved his way through Red Devil defenders to score from 23 yards out. Mitchell tacked on the extra point to give San Juan a 36-0 lead.
The last Bronco score of the half came off the toe of Mitchell who drilled a 36-yard field goal to go up 39-0 at the intermission.
The Red Devils finally got on the board in the third quarter on a long pass play. The two point conversion attempt which followed the score was no good, making the score 39-6 in favor of San Juan.
The Broncos’ final score of the game came on another big play, this time by Jay McDonald who took the handoff and then outran everyone to the end zone from 38 yards out. Once again Mitchell added the extra point, giving San Juan a 40 point win, 46-6.
With the win, the Broncos advance to the Semifinal round, where they will play the South Summit Wildcats.
The game will be played at Weber State University in Ogden, UT on Thursday, November 3 and is slated for a 1:30 p.m. kickoff.