The Parker Broncs’ football team is now 5-0 after defeating the Antelope Rams, 34-28, Sept. 20 in Wellton, Ariz. The game turned into a thriller. Coach Jeston Lotts said this was the toughest team the Broncs have faced so far this season. To win this game, the Broncs had to come from behind in the last seven minutes of regulation time, and then won it in overtime.
“After we played them last year, we knew Antelope would be tough this year,” Lotts said. “They didn’t disappoint us.”
The Broncs jumped out to an early 14-0 lead, but the Rams caught up with them in the second quarter. With the score tied 14-14, the Rams scored just before half-time to take a 20-14 lead. Just after the second half started, the Rams scored a touchdown and followed with a two-point conversion to make the score Antelope 28, Parker 14.
In the last seven minutes of play, the Broncs scored, held off a drive from the Rams, and scored again. With time running out, the score was tied 28-28. The Rams tried for a long field goal to win the game, but the kick fell short. Parker’s Emanuel Alaniz caught the ball in the end zone and almost ran it back for a touchdown, finally getting pulled down at Antelope’s 15-yard line.
With the score tied at the end of the fourth quarter, each team was given four downs to score a touchdown. The Broncs scored on their first attempt, while the Rams failed to score. This made the final Parker 34, Antelope 28.
“Those last seven minutes were definitely a team effort,” Lotts said.
Lotts had praise for quarterback Fabian Lamas. He threw three touchdown passes, all of them to Alaniz.
“It’s good to be tested,” Lotts said. “Antelope is a good team. They’re a playoff caliber team. I think we showed we can play with some of the top teams in the state. We also showed some resiliency. The boys didn’t hang their heads.”
The Broncs are now 5-0 on their 2019 season, but they have yet to play any of their 2A Verde rivals. With the win over Antelope, they’re 1-0 against 2A teams. They’ll face another tough 2A opponent this Friday, Sept. 27, when they take on the Veritas Prep Falcons at home. The Falcons are 3-1 overall, and they’re in first place in the 2A Salt region. They’re coming off a 31-7 win over Scottsdale Christian Sept. 20.
“They’re another tough opponent,” Lotts said. “They have a big, athletic quarterback and a big running back. Hopefully, we’ll play our game and wear them down.”
Game time at Joe Bush Stadium is 7 p.m.