The Parker Broncs’ winning streak to start the 2019 football season had to end sometime, and it ended Oct. 4. The Broncs, who are ranked No. 2 in the 2A conference for the state, lost to the No. 1 team, the Trivium Prep Crimson Knights, 41-28 on the road in Goodyear, Ariz.
“They were very, very good,” said Parker Coach Jeston Lotts of the Crimson Knights. He added the Broncs hope to start a new winning streak this Friday night against Camp Verde.
The game was close, with the Crimson Knights ahead 14-8 at halftime. Lotts said Trivium pulled ahead in the second half, and the Broncs tried to catch up. He said the team never gave up.
“The ball didn’t bounce our way like it has all season,” he said. “It bounced their way.”
Lotts said Jake Hill and Matthew Baumann both played well for the Broncs in the losing effort.
Lotts praised the coaching staff for their efforts, and the positive energy they bring to things.
“The coaching staff spends a lot of time with these kids,” he said. “We spend a lot of time learning about the game. I appreciate the effort and time they put into these boys.”
The Broncs are now 6-1 overall. Although they’re ranked No. 2 in the Arizona Interscholastic Association power points, they are in last place in the 2A Verde region. That’s because they’re 0-1 against their region opponents. Trivium Prep is also in the 2A Verde.
This week is Homecoming Week at Parker High School. School spirit will be high all week, with the big Homecoming game at 7 p.m., Friday night, Oct. 11 against the Camp Verde Cowboys. The Cowboys are ranked 27th in the 2A conference. They are 2-3 against 2A teams, and 2-4 overall. They are another 2A Verde opponent, and this will be their first region game of the season.
The Cowboys are coming off a 21-14 loss to the Glendale Prep Griffins Oct. 4.
“They’re a good, young, and well-coached team,” Lotts said. “They’ll play hard. But we’re running to get back on that winning train.”
The Homecoming floats will parade around the field at halftime. The Homecoming King and Queen will be crowned after the game.