PARKER — Homecoming was happy for Broncs football team as they defeated the Mohave Thunderbirds of Bullhead City, 32-14, at Joe Bush Stadium, Friday night in Parker.
PHS head coach Jeston Lotts said this was the sort of game he’d been waiting for as the team has been plagued with injuries. Against Mohave, all his players were healthy.
“Our boys played an absolutely wonderful game,” he said. “We showed poise and discipline in doing what we did.”
Things started out even in the first quarter as both teams’ first drives resulted in turnovers Then, on the T-Birds’ second drive, Parker’s Carlos Marquez recovered a fumble at Mohave’s 45-yard line. The Broncs drove down the field and scored on a pass from Louis Golding to Cody Esquerra with 4:29 left in the quarter. The two-point conversion attempt was no good and Parker led, 6-0, at the end of the first quarter.
In the second quarter, Mohave’s Matthew Huffman blocked a Parker punt and the T-Birds took over at Parker’s 47-yard line. A pass from Keenan White to Kevin Holt got them in close. White then hit Zach Brey with a pass for a T-Bird touchdown. The extra point was good and Mohave led, 7-6.
That lead didn’t last long after the kickoff as a run by Golding put the Broncs on their own 35-yard line. Esquerra took a pass from Golding for 65 yards for the Broncs’ second touchdown. The two-point conversion attempt was no good, and Parker led, 12-7.
The Broncs scored against on their next drive following a Mohave punt. They were at first and goal on Mohave’s three-yard line when Ryan Shatto ran the ball in for the Broncs’ third touchdown with one minute left in the half. The two-pointer again was no good, and the Broncs led 18-7.
The Broncs scored again on the second play after the kickoff in the second half as Roman Robledo intercepted a pass from White and carried it in for a touchdown. At half-time, the Broncs led, 24-7.
In the second half, Parker’s first possession resulted in them having to punt. They got the ball back when Golding intercepted another of White’s passes. This possession again led to a Parker punt, and they got the ball back when they recovered a fumble. The Broncs drove down to Mohave’s 8-yard line, and then C.J. Markel carried in their fifth touchdown of the game. This time, Angelo Gonzalez carried in the two-pointer and Parker led, 32-7 with 6:46 left in the quarter.
Later in the quarter, the T-birds’ Kyler White took a punt return to Parker’s 20-yard line. However, the ball was moved back to Mohave’s 40-yard line due to a holding penalty. On the next play, Keenan White made a 60-yard run for Mohave’s second touchdown of the evening with 32 seconds left in the quarter. The extra point was good, and Parker’s lead was cut to 32-14 at the end of three quarters.
Mohave’s final drive began when Holt picked off one of Golding’s passes and the T-Birds had the ball at their own 38-yard line. Passes from Keenan White to Holt put Mohave deep in Parker. The drive was broken up when Golding intercepted a pass intended for Holt.
Mohave’s Keenan White led all carriers in the game with 19 carries for 73 yards. Jason Urquiza had three carries for 26 yards Kyler White had eight carries for 17 yards.
Parker’s top rusher was Jose Miller, who had eight carries for 43 yards. Shatto had five carries for 35 yards.
Mohave’s Keenan White completed 15 of 32 pass attempts for 183 yards with three interceptions. The Broncs’ Golding completed eight of 18 pass attempts for 154 yards and one interception.
Kyler White had 4 receptions for 72 yards for Mohave. His teammate, Holt, had six receptions for 71 yards. For Parker, Esquerra had two receptions for 88 yards, while Angelo Gonzalez had five receptions for 45 yards.
On defense, Erwin Vega led Mohave with nine tackles. Carlos Marquez and Matt Leivas led Parker with five each.
Mohave Coach Dan Stickel refused comment after the game.
Lotts said he hoped the Broncs (3-4) had built up some momentum going into next week’s home game against Yuma Catholic (6-1). The Shamrocks defeated Wellton Antelope, 42-6, Friday.
Mohave is now 2-6 on the season and they will host the Lake Havasu Fighting Knights (3-4) next Friday, in the annual Golden Shovel rivalry game, in Bullhead City. The Knights are coming off a 31-17 win over Kofa of Yuma on Oct. 5.
In other area football action: Yuma Gila Ridge defeated Yuma HS, 21-0; Yuma Cibola defeated San Luis 69-0; River Valley defeated Williams, 56-8; and Willow Canyon defeated Kingman, 21-6.
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