The first round state 2A playoff game Nov. 5 in Parker demonstrated the difference between a No. 1 ranked team and a No. 16 ranked team. No one expected as massacre, but that’s about what happened. The No. 1 Parker Broncs defeated the No. 16 Red Mesa Redskins, 69-14.
The Broncs will go on to play the Willcox Cowboys in a state quarter-final game, which will be played Nov. 12 in Parker.
Against Red Mesa, the Broncs built up such a lead in the first quarter the officials decided to run the clock for the rest of the game, except for time-outs.
Barely three minutes into the game, the Broncs already had a 15-0 lead. After extending that lead to 21-0, the Broncs had perhaps their most spectacular offensive play of the game when Zach Bennett threw a pass to Tyson Ross for a 50-yard gain and a touchdown. Anthony Taylor carried in the two-point conversion and the Broncs extended their lead to 29-0.
The Broncs recovered their own kickoff and moved down the field. Taylor carried it in from 1 yard out and Bryan Bojorquez kicked the extra point to make it 36-0.
With 1:25 left in the quarter, Juan Carlos Figueroa recovered a fumble for the Broncs deep in Red Mesa territory. Just eight seconds later, on the first play after the fumble, Cameron Poole took it in for another Parker touchdown. The two-point conversion attempt was no good, and the Broncs led, 42-0, at the end of the first quarter.
The Broncs scored twice in the second quarter to make 55-0 at half-time. They had another touchdown and a kick for the extra point in the third quarter.
The Redskins finally got on the board with 2:35 left in the third quarter when Bradley Bennally took one in for a touchdown. The two-point conversion attempt was no good, and, with the clock running, the quarter ended before the post-touchdown kickoff.
The Broncs got their second spectacular offensive play of the game on the kickoff that started the fourth quarter. Catching the ball near the Broncs’ 10-yard line, Ross made a 90-yard run for the Broncs’ final touchdown of the evening. Bojorquez kicked the extra point, and Parker led, 69-6.
Red Mesa got the last word with 2:35 left in the game, when Bennally took one in for a touchdown and also scored the two-point conversion.
Parker Coach Jeston Lotts said he and the Broncs appreciated the fact the Redskins came quite a ways to play in Parker. Their school is located in the northeast corner of the state, just south of the Utah state line on the Navajo Nation Reservation.
“We appreciate their sportsmanship,” he said.
Lotts said the Broncs are focusing on taking one game at a time.
“What matters now is winning,” he said. “We’re trying to win one game at a time.”
In the quarter-final game on Nov. 12, the Broncs will be facing the No. 8 ranked Willcox Cowboys. The Cowboys got to the quarter-final game, by defeating No. 9 ranked Holbrook, 42-32, at Willcox.
Willcox placed third in the 2A San Pedro region. There were 2-2 in their region, 6-2 against 2A teams, and 7-2 overall. Their only losses of the season came to two 2A San Pedro rivals, the Morenci Wildcats and Benson Bobcats, in their last two games of the regular season. They lost 27-10 to Morenci and 35-0 to Benson.
Benson is ranked No. 3 in 2A, while Morenci is ranked No. 4.
The No. 2 team in 2A, the Arizona Lutheran Coyotes, defeated Trivium Prep, 61-20, in their first round game Nov. 5.
The only other team from the Broncs’ region, the 2A Agua Fria, to make the playoffs, the No. 6 ranked Camp Verde Cowboys, lost to No. 11 St. Johns, 28-0.
The Broncs will play the Willcox Cowboys at 7 p.m., Nov. 12 at Joe Bush Stadium. Tickets must be purchased online through azpreps365.com. Valid tickets can only be purchased with a smart phone, and must be on your smart phone so they can be verified at the gate.