The regular season for the Parker Broncs’ varsity football team came to an early end. Their final game of the regular season was scheduled for Nov. 13 against the Trivium Prep Crimson Nights in Goodyear, Ariz., but the game was cancelled. Parker High Coach Jeston Lotts said there were some concerns with the coronavirus at Trivium Prep, and they decided to cancel the game.
Thus, the Broncs are regular season champions of the 2A Agua Fria region. They finished the season with a 4-0 record against their region opponents. They are 4-1 overall, with their only loss coming in their season opener against Wickenburg. Just how dominant they were can be seen in they outscored their opponents, 272-84.
“This year was a good experience for our young men,” Lotts said.
When the Arizona Interscholastic Association released their rankings last week, the Broncs were ranked No. 6 in the state in the 2A conference. They have made the post-season, and will play the Glendale Prep Griffins Nov. 20 at home in the first round of the state playoffs.
Glendale Prep is ranked No. 11, according to the AIA. The placed second in the 2A Agua Fria with a record of 4-1 against their region opponents and a 5-2 overall record. In their final regular season game Nov. 13, they won a 26-24 nail-biter against the Kingman Academy Tigers.
The Broncs played the Griffins Nov. 6 in Glendale, and they came away with a 62-12 win. While the Broncs are familiar with the Griffins, Lotts said that works both ways. Both teams know what to expect from each other.
“They are familiar with us as well,” Lotts said.
Lotts said the Broncs are preparing for this game as they would any other game: they’re planning to go out and play their brand of football.
“We’re going to play physical, hard-nosed football,” he said.
Given all that has happened this season, including seeing it shortened by the coronavirus pandemic, Lotts said the Broncs are happy to be where they are.
“We’re happy to get into the playoffs, and we’re happy to have another home game,” he said.
The game will be played at 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 20 at Joe Bush Stadium. Coronavirus restrictions and social distancing rules will be in place.