Broncos shut out South Sevier 64-0, drop to second in the 2A standings
by Rhett Sifford
The San Juan High School football team continued its leisurely tour through the 2A South ranks this past Friday, September 22 with another lopsided win, this time over South Sevier in Monroe, UT 64-0.
It was the Broncos’ state-leading 32nd win in a row and moved them into a tie for the eighth-longest active streak in the nation. They also improved to 7-0 on the season and 2-0 in region play.
San Juan has outscored their opponents by an astounding tally of 398-91 this season. Take away the season opener against Layton Christian and it’s 332-48.
The Broncos were rewarded this past weekend for the ongoing utter domination of their opponents with . . . a demotion to second place in the 2A RPI standings.
And that’s where they’ll stay for the remainder of the regular season as long as they remain unbeaten, barring a loss by the new #1 team, the 5-2 South Summit Wildcats.
Ah, that wonderful, mathematical RPI – such a perfect, robotic fit for a world that’s determined to crown artificial intelligence king.
In Friday’s game San Juan running back Zack Conway led the team with four more touchdowns – three on the ground and one through the air.
It’s hard to call Conway just a running back anymore. He’s the team’s third-leading receiver and has truly become a two-headed undefendable monster.
He’s responsible for 142 Bronco points this season, which is tied for seventh in the nation. He has scored 23 touchdowns, which is tied for fourth in the nation.
On Friday he carried the ball 12 times for 136 yards and caught two Parker Snyder passes for 50 yards. He also recovered a fumble on defense and made two tackles – one behind the Rams’ line of scrimmage.
Speaking of Snyder, he had another outstanding night as well. He was 15 of 20 passing for 232 yards and five touchdowns. He also ran the ball twice for a solid 28 yards.
Brigham Nielson led receivers against Sough Sevier with five catches for 74 yards and a TD. Jake Ivins also had five receptions for 72 yards and a touchdown. Ivins leads the team this season with 519 yards receiving and six TDs.
Defensive stalwart Trace Bennett picked up his first touchdown catch of the season and finished the game with two catches for 31 yards. Tyler Pehrson also got his first touchdown catch of the season in the win.
Defensively, JD Palmer led the team with 11 tackles, two of which were for a loss. Ivins had eight stops; Bennett had six; and Jagger Nieves, Jaiten Knight, and Jordan Duke all had five apiece.
Conway, Ivins, Tyrian Lee, and Taylor Black all sacked South Sevier quarterback Cannon Barney one time each.
Brigham Nielson snagged his team-high fifth interception and Javin Montella picked up his first fumble recovery of the season.
Sophomore kicker Tripp Palmer was a perfect 8-for-8 on point-after tries, and he even ran the ball into the end zone for a two-point conversion when the hold was bad on the ninth attempt.
So the Broncos will keep plugging along, despite the fact that they’re not technically #1 in Utah 2A football anymore. Their opponent this week is not going to help their cause either.
The 1-6 Grand County Red Devils, ranked #11, are paying a visit to Blanding. Though it’s a local rivalry, Grand has really struggled throughout the past few seasons and they’ll be hard-pressed to provide a challenge to the San Juan juggernaut.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. this Friday, September 30 and as always you can find the game live on Redrock 92 Radio and StreamUtah.live starting at 6:30.
The 2023 San Juan High School football team has been absolutely dominant this season, outscoring their opponents 398-91 while running their record to 7-0. They have won 32 games in a row, which is the longest active streak in the state of Utah and tied for ninth-longest in the nation. With just two games remaining in the regular season the Broncos are eyeing their third-straight state championship in mid November. Members of the team include: (top row, left to right) Cash Palmer, George McNaughtan, Jagger Nieves, Remy Whatcott, Brandt Bingham, Stetson Black, Cole Duke, Lynnox Benn, Jared Burke, Easton Langston, Keaton Ivins, Parker Snyder, Zack Conway, Trace Bennett, Taylor Black, Taeg Palmer, Justice Black, Isaac Warner, Tyler Pehrson, Jordan Duke, Deklan Helquist, Anthony Done, Parkar Sopena, Everett Nielson, Brigham Nielson, Zavier Hancock, Corbin Bradford, Y’Sidric Ben, Krush Wallis, Thaddeaus Smith, Jace Walker, Boston Bowers, Thomas Hardin, Keilan Hutchins, Easton Knight, Trey Bradford. Middle: El’Myron Begay, Tracen Johnson, Baylor Nielson, Kai Fox, Joshua Benally, Noah Olsen, Jaydee Shumway, Chad Yellow, Rigley LaGiglia, Branten Bethea, Cutler Baker, Brad Skow, Cooper Palmer, Owen Adams, Corbin Middleton, Artilliam Mustache, Aiden Homedew, Eugene Martin, Tim Christenson, Peter Hoopes, Spencer Adams, Porter Keith, Kooper Laws, Andrew Nielson, Staley Dandy, Cam Crofts, Jayce Raisor, Kalius Benally, Tyus Spotted Elk. Front: Ryus Blackhorse, Brody Bilbao, Isacc Rebeterano, Derrick White, Josiah LaPalmer, Javin Montella, Jake Ivins, Jaiten Knight, JD Palmer, Tyrian Lee, Taren Bayles, Dyami Whaley, Peyton Shumway, Jonas Jeppeson, Nache Young, Grady Lacy, Peyton Pehrson, Trace Bilbao, Randall Black, and Miken Keith. Courtesy photo