In case anyone is keeping track, in the annual San Juan/Monticello high school battles this past week, the Broncos beat the Buckaroos in football and girls cross, while the Buckaroos bested the Broncos in boys cross country and volleyball. Interested?
The Monticello Buckaroo volleyball team has raced to some early season success, including their first wins over the Broncos from Blanding in many a year.
Led by the Slade sisters – sophomore Swayzi and senior Mercedez – returning setter Mara Wells, libero Berlin Eldredge, defensive specialist Janessa Bowring, and outside hitters and blockers Bryanna Kershaw, Kendyl Boyd and Ashley Moore, the Bucks put a formidable team on the court.
At the Utah Tournament of Champions, the Monticello Lady Bucks beat the likes of Fremont, Mountain Crest and South Summit, larger schools all, to place third behind Skyline and Layton.
Last weekend at the San Juan Tournament, the Bucks claimed second place behind Shiprock, with wins over Altamont JV and Varsity, Wayne, Navajo Pine and those two wins over the Broncos.
The Broncos, after losing to the Buckaroos, fell to the Grand County gals to place fourth in their annual tournament.
San Juan and Monticello battled for the 62nd time on September 4 in Monticello, with the Broncos continuing their high scoring, tight-fisted defensive ways with a 46-12 win over the Bucks. San Juan has now won six straight and leads the series 38-22-2.
Jace Holliday continued his offensive onslaught with two touchdowns, including an 85 yard kickoff return and eight yard TD run. He also had a 80-yard punt return for a TD that was called back on a penalty.
Head Bronco coach Monty Lee commented on the kick-return play of Holliday. “Jace has a lot of friends that want him to be successful returning the ball so they take great pride in blocking for him. Jace is special and one of 70 kids we love having around this year. He can sure change the complexion of a game in a hurry.”
For the game, the Broncos had 160 yards returning kicks. Cameron Shumway and Benny… Ok, I’ll say it… “The Jet” Royer hooked up on another highlight reel touchdown pass that will forever be known as the “Goal Post Catch.”
Royer stretched to run under a perfectly thrown spiral pass that covered at least 65 yards in the air moments before slamming into the goal post. Royer was not injured in the attack.
We will let you know if the catch makes it on You-tube. For the night, the Broncos had 245 yards rushing and 133 yards passing in an efficient seven for nine night.
For their part, the Buckaroos showed tons of promise, although they were no match for the Broncos on this night. The Buckaroo running game amassed 226 yards on 33 attempts and controlled the ball for large chunks of time.
The Bronco’s quick strike ability simply made that point somewhat moot, though in 1A football, where Monticello will spend the rest of the season, ball control should prove effective.
Junior quarterback Devin Wright rushed for 104 yards and one touchdown on 19 carries, while fellow junior Kendall Maughan picked up 86 yards on seven carries including a nifty 42 yard TD scamper in the second quarter.
The Buckaroo passing game was non-existent, with only two attempts for the game, one being intercepted and another ending in a sack by the Broncos.
Next up for the Buckaroos, the 1A revered Rich Rebels in Randolph in two weeks.
The Broncos take their state leading 116 game scoring streak to Colorado for a duet with the dangerous Durango Demons.
Labor Day Weekend brought a host of runners to the annual Red Rock Invitational held at Grand County High School. Grand, Carbon, Monticello, Monument Valley, Whitehorse, Navajo Mountain and San Juan high schools all competed on a new course which started and finished at the Grand Country track.
Bronco junior Katie Hiatt (20:40) led from the start and was more than a minute ahead of the second place runner.
The team finished second, just seven points behind first place 3A Carbon High School. Brielle Francom finished third overall, followed by Kendra Parker, Makenzie Ward, Kelli Meyer, Abby Hatcher and Brittany Bleak. The Bronco girls remain strong contenders for the 2A championship title in late October.
Kayla McArthur led the Buckaroo girls to a third place finish. She was followed by Shelby Lewis and Brittany Keith. Buckaroo Macee Nielson ran in the BYU Autumn Classic in Provo, (where she finished 13 of more than 200 runners in one of the toughest fields of the year in a time of 19:50).
The Buckaroo boys finished second behind Carbon with a strong team performance.
Sean Getter paced the Buckaroo harriers, finishing sixth overall followed by Kelland Brewer, Nash Freestone and David Boyle.
The Bronco boys’ team is also running strong and placed third as a team, just two points ahead of Region rival Grand. It’s been four years since the Bronco boys qualified for a State berth, but this year the boy’s team has what it takes to be podium finishers.
Bronco junior Taylor Francom (17:11) earned the first place individual medal for San Juan. After Francom, Jade Grover was third place overall followed by Hans Hurst, Dallin Jacobsen, Andrew Redd and Jarrod Gardner.
In the Junior High race, the boys from Monticello paced the field, finishing in first ahead of ARL and Grand. Monticello has six of the top ten runners, with Easton Nielson and Jens Brewer leading the way.
Rebecca Getter finished in sixth for the girls.
The next race is the Blue Mountain Invitational on Friday, September 11 at Loyd’s Lake in Monticello. Start time is 2 p.m. Compiled from Jeff Hunt and Kimberly Hiatt reports.
Quotes repeated by out of town golfers at the Hideout Golf Course: “Beautiful golf course.”
“This is the best kept secret in Utah.”
“That’s the most fun I’ve ever had shooting a lousy golf score.”
First time I’ve ever had to take a drop to avoid hitting a deer.”
“A guy oughta bring a bow, what with all the animals, deer, turkeys.”
“I’ve played golf all over the country and the Hideout is as pretty as any of them.”