The Parker Broncs got back into the swing of things Oct. 25 as they defeated the Tonopah Valley Phoenix, 46-22 in Tonopah. Coach Jeston Lotts said they came off their bye week and did everything they were supposed to do and needed to do.
While the championship of the 2A Verde region is out of reach for the Broncs, Lotts said they have a very strong chance of hosting a home playoff game. That depends on how they do in their final game of the season, which will be Friday, Nov. 1 at home against the Glendale Prep Griffins.
Against Tonopah Valley, the Broncs started off strong, which was just what Lotts wanted them to do. They began to let up at one point, but they came on strong again in the second half.
“It was good to get back on the field,” Lotts said.
Lotts said Kyle Dyer and Manuel Najera had great games for the Broncs on both offense and defense. He also praised Christian Lopez, who Lotts said did a great job kicking the ball and caught a touchdown pass.
The Broncs are now 2-1 against their 2A Verde rival. They’re 4-1 against all 2A teams and 8-1 overall. They’re in second place in the 2A Verde after the Trivium Prep Crimson Knights, who are undefeated this season overall and are 3-0 against their 2A Verde opponents.
The Tonopah Valley Phoenix are also 2-1 against their 2A Verde opponents, but they are in third place because they lost to the Broncs.
The Broncs are currently ranked 5th among 2A teams in the state, based on the Arizona Interscholastic Association power point rankings. Lotts said the top eight teams in the state will host home playoff games. He added it’s been a long time since Parker has hosted a playoff game.
There is still one regular season game left. The Broncs will face the Glendale Prep Griffins Nov. 1 at Joe Bush Stadium. The Griffins are 1-2 in the 2A Verde, and 3-5 overall. Their last game was played Oct. 11, a 21-14 loss to the Tonopah Valley Phoenix.
Lotts described the Griffins as “extremely athletic.” He said the Broncs are looking to contain them and put points on the board themselves. He added this is also Senior Night, and he wants to give the team’s seniors a great end to the regular season.
A win against Glendale Prep would almost guarantee Parker will host a playoff game, Lotts said.
Game time Friday, Nov. 1 is 7 p.m. at Joe Bush Stadium.