PHS football

They say all good things must come to an end, and so it did with the Parker Broncs’ 2019 football season. 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.

Coach Jeston 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.”

Coming into the game, the Broncs knew the Dust Devils could put a lot of points on the board. In their last four games coming into the game with Parker, including a tournament win over Chandler Prep, they won by a combined score of 204-38.

While things started off even in the game with Parker, the Dust Devils soon took the lead and never looked back. The Broncs couldn’t keep up.

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.

“I’m very happy with how our boys conducted themselves,” Lotts said. “I’m proud of the community for their support.”

As for 2020, he said, “We’re going to get back at it.”

Santa Cruz Valley, who were seeded No. 5 in the state tournament, will face the No. 1 seed, Round Valley in a state semi-final game at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23 at Camp Verde High School. Round Valley defeated No. 9 Benson, 36-14 in a quarter-final game Nov. 14.

In the other semi-final game, No. 3 Phoenix Christian will face No. 7 Thatcher at 6 p.m. Nov. 23 at Arcadia High School. Phoenix Christian defeated No. 6 St. Johns, 27-20, Nov. 15. Thatcher upset the No. 2 seeded team, the Trivium Prep Crimson Knights, 21-7, Nov. 15. Trivium Prep was the regular season champions of the 2A Verde, the Broncs’ region. They were 9-0 in the regular season.

The AIA State 2A Championship Game will be played at 6 p.m., Nov. 29, at Williams Field High School.

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