Parker Broncs’ football fans had some real thrills at the Broncs defeated the Antelope Rams of Wellton, Ariz., 30-18, Sept. 14 in Parker. The game was closer than the score would indicate, as the Broncs didn’t pull away until they scored two touchdowns late in the fourth quarter.
Up until that time, the lead changed hands several times over the first three quarters.
The Broncs got on the board first when Carlos Torres took one in with 10:41 left in the first quarter. The Rams countered with a field goal kicked by Isaac Filero late in the first quarter and a touchdown from Dustyn Ricker early in the second quarter following a first down and goal situation. The Rams led, 10-6.
Later in the second quarter, Adam Baldenegro tossed two bombs, one to Marcos Andrade for a 40-yard gain and the other to Christian Lopez for a 25-yard gain. The Broncs were at first and goal, but they couldn’t score. They got the ball back quickly after turning it over on downs, and with 1:05 left in the first half, Torres got the ball in from 15 yards out. Lopez carried in the two-point conversion, and the Broncs led 14-10 at half-time.
It looked like the Broncs caught a break with 7:48 left in the third quarter when the Rams turned the ball over on downs. On the next play, however, the Broncs fumbled, the Rams recovered, and they were soon at first down and goal. Sam Martinez carried it in, the tow-point conversion attempt was good, and the Rams retook the lead, 18-14.
In the fourth quarter, after recovering an Antelope punt, Baldenegro tossed two more bombs for long gains for the Broncs, one to Carlos Torres for 25 yards and another to Fabyian Gonzales for 20 years. With runs from Emanuel Alaniz and Torres, the Broncs were again at first down and goal. With 6:42 left in the game, Torres took the ball in for the Broncs. Lopez made the two-point conversion, and the Broncs had the lead again, 22-18.
With 2:17 left in the game, the Broncs got their final score on a touchdown pass from Baldenegro to Gonzales. The two-point conversion attempt was good, and the final was Parker 30, Antelope 18.
“We finally figured it out near the end,” Coach Jeston Lotts said. “We still need to learn to play four quarters of football.”
Lotts praised Torres, Alaniz and Lopez for their work on offense. Torres had three of the team’s touchdowns. Gonzales had the other one, on a pass from Baldenegro. Lopez score two of the team’s two-point conversions.
Lotts also praised the team’s defense.
“Defensively, this was one of our best games so far this year,” he said. He added Anthony Sarape and Robert Solorio really stepped up.
Lotts was also impressed by Baldenegro at quarterback for the Broncs. He threw some long passes for big gains for the Broncs.
“He threw the ball really well,” Lotts said.
As of press time, no stats had been published for this game.
The Broncs are now 2-2 overall, and they have not played any games against their 2A Verde section opponents. They’ll be on the road next week, Sept. 21, to face the ASU Prep Sun Devils in Phoenix. The Sun Devils are 0-4 overall, and are coming off a 62-7 loss to North Pointe Prep Sept. 14.
The Broncs’ next home game will be Sept. 28, when they face the first of their section rivals, the Trivium Prep Crimson Knights.