The Parker Broncs varsity football team nailed down their first win of the 2020 season with a resounding 68-0 win over the St. John Paul II Lions Oct. 16 on the road in Avondale.
The win came after the Broncs had a week off following their season-opening 46-38 loss to Wickenburg Oct. 2. Head Coach Jeston Lotts said they spent a lot of time working on the things they found they needed to work on following that loss. They had a Friday off because the game with the Antelope Rams of Wellton scheduled for Oct. 9 was cancelled.
Lotts said it was a great team effort all around.
The Lions are in their first year at the varsity level, and they have yet to score in three games. They’ve been outscored 175-0. Lotts said he hoped the Broncs wouldn’t be the first team the Lions scored on. He added the Lions are gaining experience at the varsity level.
“They’re pretty young,” Lotts said of the Lions. “They have some good athletes. They played tough. Their quarterback is a freshman. They’ll take their lumps this year.”
Lotts said the Broncs played well on both sides of the ball. He said Eman Alaniz, Joe Martinez and Uriah Martinez ran the ball well, and quarterback Fabian Lamas threw the ball well. On defense, the whole team did a fine job.
Lotts also had praise for Preston Mothersole, who filled in on the offensive line. He said the team was down a lineman, and Mothersole stepped up and did a fine job.
The Broncs are now 1-0 against their 2A Agua Fria opponents and 1-1 overall. Their next opponent will be the Tonopah Valley Phoenix, who they will play at home at 7 p.m. Oct. 23. The Phoenix are 0-1 in the 2A Agua Fria and 1-2 overall. They are coming off a 12-8 loss to the Kingman Academy Tigers Oct. 16 at home.
“They’re fast and athletic, and they’re well-coached,” Lotts said of the Phoenix. “It should be a fun game.”
This week is Homecoming week at Parker High School. However, attendance at the game will be restricted due to regulations and guidelines relating to the coronavirus pandemic. It will also be Senior Night for the players, managers, band members and cheerleaders. Lotts said they still have one more home game following the Tonopah Valley game, but they wanted to make sure seniors were honored in case the season were cut off.