The Parker Broncs varsity football team made it two wins in a row with an emphatic drubbing of a 2A Agua Fria rival, the Tonopah Valley Phoenix, 50-6 Friday, Oct. 23 in Parker.
“We wanted to set the tone early,” Broncs’ head coach Jeston Lotts said. “That’s exactly these young men did. They played tough, physical Parker Broncs football.”
The Broncs got on the board early, with 8:59 left in the first quarter. Uriah Martinez scored from seven yards out with Parker at first and goal. Eman Alaniz carried in the two-point conversion to make it Parker 8, Tonopah Valley 6.
Late in the first quarter, the Broncs got into scoring position on the 7-yard line on a 30-yard pass from Fabian Lamas to Martinez. However, a penalty moved the Broncs back 10 yards. Alaniz carried in the touchdown with 1:22 left in the quarter. However, a penalty moved the Broncs back for the two-point conversion attempt, which was no good.
The Broncs scored twice in the second quarter on a pair of spectacular plays. In the first, with 5:46 left in the half, Alaniz returned a punt for 80 yards. The second came with less than a minute left as Lamas hit Joe Martinez with a 30-yard touchdown pass.
The second half saw no let-up from the Broncs. Joe Martinez got his second touchdown of the evening as he ran it in from 35 yards out. At 3:21, Alaniz made it three touchdowns for the game as he took it in from 10 yards out. Uriah Martinez made the two-pointer, and the Broncs led, 42-0, after three quarters.
With the Broncs up by more than 40 points, the officials decided to let the clock run in the fourth quarter.
Uriah Martinez complete the Broncs’ scoring with his second touchdown of the evening. The two-point conversion was good, and the Broncs led, 50-0.
With 3:10 left in the game, the Phoenix finally got on the board. Andy Vargas took a pass from five yards out to get Tonopah Valley’s only score of the game.
In addition to the offensive players, Lotts said Preston Mothersole had another great game filling in for one of the linemen. He added Ethan Sale was also outstanding on defense.
What Lotts said he really likes about this team is they are excited, and they want to get out there and play football.
“They’re physical and they’re excited,” he said.
The Broncs are now in first place in the 2A Agua Fria. They’re 2-0 against their 2A Agua Fria rivals, and 2-1 overall. Their next game will be Oct. 23, at home, against another region rival, the Kingman Academy Tigers. The Tigers are also 1-1 in the region, and they are 1-3 overall. This will be the Broncs’ final home game of the 2020 season. Game time at Joe Bush Stadium is 7 p.m. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, attendance will be restricted.
Lotts acknowledged the 2020 season was an abbreviated. However, Parker High was better off than some schools that cancelled fall sports all together.
“We’re happy we got to play,” he said.
The following are the standings for the 2A Agua Fria, as shown on the azpreps365 website. Teams are listed by record in the region, record against 2A teams, and overall record. There are also explanations for any tie-breakers.
PARKER: 2-0, 2-0, 2-1; 2-0 against 2A teams
Glendale Prep: 2-0, 3-1, 3-1; 3-1 against 2A teams
Trivium Prep: 1-1, 1-3, 1-3; 1-0 v. Kingman Academy
Kingman Academy: 1-1, 1-1, 1-3; 0-1 v. Trivium Prep
Tonopah Valley: 0-2, 1-3, 1-3; 1-3 against 2A teams
St. John Paul II: 0-2, 0-3, 0-4; 0-3 against 2A teams