BLANDING The San Juan Broncos prevented Grand from spoiling their homecoming, scoring two second-half touchdowns to outlast the Red Devils 25-13.
Quarterback Dane Lyman threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score as the Broncos once again disappointed the Red Devils at Blanding. Grand hasn't won a varsity football game at San Juan since 1986.
Grand started off strong, scoring a touchdown in the first minute of the game when quarterback Gordon Garrett and tight end Derick Eddy pulled a role reversal. Eddy took the snap and heaved the ball down the left sideline and into the waiting arms of Garrett, who sprinted into the end zone for a 65-yard TD reception. Garrett Sisco's extra-point try was good, putting the Devils ahead 7-0.
San Juan fumbled the ball away on the ensuing kickoff, and Grand was able to advance inside the Broncos' 10-yard-line before turning the ball over on downs. San Juan then drove the length of the field and scored on a 13-yard pass from Lyman to Nathan Einerson. The ensuing kick failed, leaving San Juan down 7-6.
On Grand's next play from scrimmage, Garrett broke loose for a 77- yard scoring run that put the Red Devils ahead 13-6 with 1:45 left in the first period. It ended up being the last time the Red Devils scored.
"We spent all week working on what Moab does best, which is running the option," said San Juan coach Monty Lee. "We basically tried to keep them from making the big plays, and we tried to wear them down as the game went on."
In the second period, Lyman again connected with Einerson, this time from 30 yards out. Kohler Black's kick was good, tying the score 13-13.
The Broncos had one more chance to score before halftime, but Lyman's fourth-down pass into the end zone as time expired was incomplete following a faked 44-yard field-goal attempt.
The Broncos got the ball to start the second half and promptly marched the length of the field, with Lyman's 1-yard TD run culminating the 68-yard drive. Grand managed to block the ensuing kick, leaving the Broncos up 19-13.
On its next possession, Grand drove the ball into San Juan territory yet again, only to come away empty-handed. Although running back Cayden Black made several key first downs in the second half for the Devils, he came up short on fourth and 7 at the San Juan 25, with just under two minutes left in the third.
Taking over on downs, San Juan wasted no time regaining field position, thanks to another big catch by Einerson that brought the Broncos back to midfield.
Grand, which was hampered by penalties throughout the evening, did manage to stop the Broncos on two first-and-goal situations in the second half. Larry Velasquez came up with a big interception as San Juan threatened to score again with six minutes remaining, but Grand turned the ball over on downs again four plays later, as a long fourth-down pass to Garrett was knocked down by defenders.
San Juan then put the game out of reach when Einerson intercepted Garrett's long pass from the Red Devil end zone and ran it back 30 yards for a touchdown.
"We just took what we were given," said coach Lee.
"Grand is a tough team," added Lee, whose Broncos improved to 4-3 overall, 2-1 in region with the win. "They've got a couple of players that I'd put up against anyone else in the state."
San Juan will next play at South Sevier. Meantime, Grand, which dropped to 4-3 overall, 2-1 in region with the loss, will play at undefeated Millard next week.