by Tad Barton
For a third straight year, the San Juan Broncos had their season end a week earlier than planned.
In spite of a great start to the game played last Thursday, November 3 at Weber State, the Broncos seemed to run out of gas in the second half, ultimately falling to the South Summit Wildcats 38-21.
San Juan got on the board first after a Jordan Blake interception set the Broncos up with great field position on the Wildcat 15 yard line.
After a season full of passes from Blake to receiver Jaxon Lee, the two reversed roles on the first play of the Broncos’ second possession.
Lee took a handoff from Blake, running from left to right then raised up and hit the San Juan quarterback with a perfectly thrown pass for a touchdown.
Aaron Mitchell’s PAT attempt was no good, sailing just wide right, giving San Juan a 6-0 lead early in the game.
South Summit answered the San Juan score with a score of their own on their next drive, taking a 7-6 lead. The Broncos wasted no time finding the end zone on their next drive when, on their first play, Blake tossed a 66 yard strike to Nathan Nielson for San Juan’s second score of the game.
The Broncos then went for the two point conversion which was successful, giving San Juan a 14-7 lead.
The second quarter started off with South Summit roaring back to knot things up, 14-14, on a two yard pass play and successful extra point.
Once more, San Juan went to work on their next drive and looked as if they would score their third touchdown of the day, but that drive was stopped when a Wildcat defender intercepted the ball in the end zone.
South Summit then proceeded to drive the ball down the field before the Bronco defense forced and recovered a fumble in the red zone. San Juan wasn’t able to do much with the ball after the turnover, going three and out and punting the ball back to South Summit.
The Wildcats again moved the ball down the field and looked like they might score and take the lead when Blake jumped in front of a Wildcat receiver and intercepted the pass and 87 yards later, the Broncos found themselves with a 20-14 lead. Mitchell then booted the extra point through the uprights, making the score 21-14 for the Broncos.
San Juan appeared to be in the driver’s seat after, stopping South Summit short of the first down marker on fourth down.
After gaining solid yardage on their first few plays of the ensuing drive, the Broncos gave the ball right back to the Wildcats after Blake threw his second interception of the game.
The San Juan defense buckled down and forced South Summit into a fourth and 12 on the Bronco 31 yard line. Instead of attempting a long field goal, the Wildcats went for it, completing the pass for a touchdown in spite of tight double coverage by the Broncos. The touchdown and extra point tied the game up just before halftime, 21-21.
The second half was all South Summit, as they went on to score 17 unanswered points to advance to the 2A State Championship game. The loss ultimately ended another great season for San Juan, who finished the year with a 9-2 record.
The Broncos were led by 17 seniors who played their last game for the Blue and Gold.
They are Jordan Blake, Jaxon Lee, Nathan Nielson, Aaron Mitchell, Kavika Su’eSu’e, Shawn Ketchum, Jay McDonald, Carver Black, Yancye Guymon, Zach Brown, Connor Palmer, Quentin Billsie, Coleman Black, Walker Black, Harley Davis, Peter Shumway and Lucas Giddings.
Thank you seniors for another great year of San Juan Bronco football and for all your hard work and dedication. Good luck in all your future endeavors.
Fall Academic All-State
Two San Juan Broncos received recognition for their performance in the classroom as well as in their respective sport.
Carver Black (football) and Jared Ward (cross country) were each named to UHSAA Academic All-State teams.
The 2A Academic All-State football team had a combined GPA of 3.998 and the 2A cross country team boasted a combined GPA of 3.997.
Congratulations Carver and Jared.