The incredible season for the Parker Broncs football team came to an end Nov. 20 at Desert Vista High School in Phoenix. After going undefeated in the regular season and winning their games in the first two rounds of the state playoffs, the Broncs suffered their first defeat of the season as they fell to the Morenci Wildcats in a state 2A semi-final game, 39-14.
The Wildcats will play in the Arizona Interscholastic Association State 2A Championship game on Nov. 27 at Camp Verde High School in Gilbert. Their opponent will be the Arizona Lutheran Academy Coyotes. They reached the championship game with a 20-7 win over the Benson Bobcats in a semi-final game Nov. 20.
The season was a spectacular one for the Broncs, as they went 4-0 against their 2A Agua Fria rivals, 8-0 against 2A teams and 9-0 overall. They defeated Wickenburg, 34-28, to win back the firefighter’s axe that is the symbolic trophy of the rivalry between the two schools. On Oct. 1, they handed Arizona Lutheran Academy their only loss of the season, a 40-18 win for the Broncs.
The Broncs were nicknamed the “Road Warriors” for much of the season after the Colorado River Indian Tribes barred them from using Joe Bush Stadium because the Parker schools did not have a face mask mandate.
The Broncs won their first playoff game against the Red Mesa Redskins, 69-14, and then won in the second round against Willcox, 36-22. Both games were played in Parker.
At the end of the regular season, the Broncs were ranked the No. 1 team in 2A in the state.
On Nov. 19, the team had a parade around Parker led by the CRIT Fire Department. On Nov. 20, supporters lined 18th Street with signs of support at the team headed to Phoenix for the game.