It was an epic season for the Parker Broncs football team, as they made it to the Arizona Interscholastic Association state 2A playoff and hosted a playoff game for the first time in years. Not surprisingly, some Broncs received post-season honors from the coaches and athletic directors of the 2A Verde region.
Three of the four biggest awards went to the Broncs. Jeston Lotts was named 2A Verde Coach of the Year. Matthew Baumann was named Defensive Player of the Year for the second year in a row. Emanuel Alaniz was named Offensive Player of the Year.
Several Broncs made it to the first and second all-region teams in different positions. Many recognitions went to Parker’s linemen, who were solid all season on both offense and defense.
The following Broncs were named to the 2A Verde first all-region team:
Matthew Baumann, defensive lineman
Jake Hill, linebacker
Robert Solorio, defensive lineman
Zach Schneider, defensive lineman
Emanuel Alaniz, receivers/tight ends
Uriah Martinez, running back
The following Broncs were named to the 2A Verde second all-region team:
Emanuel Alaniz, defensive back
Fernando Gonzalez, defensive lineman
Manuel Najera, linebacker
Abraham Silva, offensive lineman
Manuel Najera, offensive utility
Christian Lopez Duron, receivers/tight ends
Jake Hill, receivers/tight ends
Receiving Honorable Mention were the following Broncs:
Kyle Dyer, linebacker
Fabian Lamas, quarterback
Wayne Miller III, defensive lineman
Jason Puhuyesva, offensive lineman
Tyson Ross, defensive back
Anthony Taylor, linebacker
The Broncs finished the regular season with a record of 3-1 against their 2A Verde opponents. They were 5-1 against 2A teams, and 9-1 overall. Their only loss was a 41-28 loss to the Trivium Prep Crimson Knights Oct. 4. They defeated the Antelope Rams, 20-0, in the first round of the tournament to reach the quarter-finals.
They fell to the Santa Cruz Valley Dust Devils of Eloy, 50-12, in an Arizona Interscholastic Association 2A state tournament quarter-finals game Nov. 15 in Eloy.
Lotts said one game didn’t tarnish what was a great season for the Broncs.
“I’m proud of our season,” Lotts said. “We had a great season.”