7-11 PHS football

The 2017 Parker Broncs varsity football team displays the firefighter’s axe that has become the trophy in their long-running rivalry with the Wickenburg Wranglers. The axe goes to the winner of the annual football game, and the Broncs won it last year by defeating Wickenburg, 56-22, Sept. 1. The 2018 Broncs will defend the axe when they take on the Wranglers in their season opener Aug. 24 in Wickenburg.

The high school football season doesn’t start for more than a month, but the Parker Broncs football team has spent the summer getting ready for it. Head Coach Jeston Lotts said they’ve been training and conditioning themselves for the season ahead.

Lotts said the players have attended “7 on 7” competitions and tournaments. They went to Needles, Calif. in early June and defeated both Kingman Academy and Needles in 7 on 7 games.

On June 15, the Broncs went to a big 7 on 7 tournament in Phoenix. They defeated several teams before losing to Scottsdale Christian in overtime in the semi-finals.

Lotts said there were 18 teams at the tournament.

“It was a good experience for the boys,” he said. “They got to see a lot of competition.”

In addition, the players have been working out in the weight room three days a week. This week will mark the last days for that. Lotts said they have seen an average of 35 players working out per session.

The team will have a “lock-in” overnight at the O.B. Francis Gym July 11. Lotts said the main goals of this include team-building, discussing their opponents, and talking about what the players want to accomplish this season.

The first official practice will be Monday, July 30, in the Parker High School Library. Lotts said they will go over the rules, discuss the team handbook, and hand out equipment.

“We’ve got a good, strong athletic group this year,” he said. “Let’s see how they are with pads on.”

The Broncs first game of the season will be Aug. 24, when they travel to Wickenburg to take on the Wickenburg Wranglers.

2018 Parker High Football Schedules

Varsity

The Arizona Interscholastic Association has changed the regions again. This year, the Broncs are in the 2A Verde region, with the Camp Verde Cowboys, Glendale Prep Griffins, Tonopah Valley Phoenix, and Trivium Prep Crimson Knights.

Home games are in bold. Region games are marked with an –R.                    

Aug. 24 at Wickenburg Wranglers, 7 p.m.

Aug. 31 v. Kingman Academy Tigers, 7 p.m.

Sept. 7 v. Needles, Calif., Mustangs, 7 p.m.

Sept. 14 v. Antelope Rams, 7 p.m.

Sept. 21 at ASU Preparatory Sun Devils, 7 p.m.

Sept. 28 v. Trivium Prep Crimson Knights, 7 p.m. -R

Oct. 5 at Camp Verde Cowboys, 7 p.m. -R

Oct. 19 v. Tonopah Valley Phoenix, 7 p.m. -R

Oct. 26 at Glendale Prep Griffins, 7 p.m. –R

Junior Varsity

Aug. 23 v. Wickenburg Wranglers, 6 p.m.

Aug. 30 at Kingman Academy Tigers, 6 p.m.

Sept. 6 at Needles, Calif. Mustangs, 6 p.m.

Oct. 4 v. Wickenburg Wranglers, 6 p.m.

Oct. 11 v. Lake Havasu Knights, 6 p.m.

Oct. 18 at Tonopah Valley Phoenix, 6 p.m. -R

Oct. 24 v. Lee Williams Volunteers, 6 p.m. -R

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