PHS football

The Parker Broncs football team held a practice Thursday, Aug. 16, prior to their scrimmage with the Mohave Thunderbirds the following evening. They’ll have their first game of the 2018 season Friday, Aug. 24, as they play the Wickenburg Wranglers in Wickenburg.

The 2018 high school football season has begun. The Parker Broncs went on the road Aug. 17 to Bullhead City to scrimmage against the Mohave Thunderbirds. It gets real this week when the Broncs play their first game of the season Friday, Aug. 24, against the Wickenburg Wranglers in Wickenburg.

Broncs’ Coach Jeston Lotts said the scrimmage went well. He added that he and the staff saw what they wanted to see. They saw they could be a very physical team because that’s what Mohave is.

All totaled, the Broncs ran 35 offensive plays in the scrimmage.

“We’re seeing what we have, what we can do, and what we need to work on,” Lotts said.

This week, the Broncs will have their season opener when they take on Wickenburg. At stake will be the firefighter’s axe that has become the symbol of the rivalry between the two schools. The Broncs won the axe last year when they defeated the Wranglers, 56-22, in Parker. Lotts said the team would like to bring the axe with them when they return from Wickenburg.

Lotts said and the players are eager for the season to get started.

“We’re excited to get the season going,” he said.

As for the Wickenburg game, Lotts said both teams are very physical.

“It’s going to be who can outlast who,” he said. “I believe that’s what we’re going to do.”

The Broncs will have their first home game Aug. 31, when they take on the Kingman Academy Tigers. Game time is 7 p.m. at Joe Bush Stadium.

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