The Kanab Cowboys gave San Juan all they could handle last weekend, but couldn’t overcome five turnovers.

One play after Kanab quarterback Craig Brinkerhoff was intercepted by San Juan’s Benny Royer, Bronco QB Cameron Shumway connected with Royer on a 35 yard scoring play.

After allowing the first quarter touchdown to the Broncos, the Cowboy defense stiffened, including stopping them on a first and goal from the four late in the first half.

Kanab tied the game in the third period when Brinkerhoff connected with Kade Quarnberg for a 60 yard touchdown pass.

San Juan took the following kickoff on their own 20 yard line. After two plays, they faced a third and 10. Shumway avoided Cowboy pressure, almost getting sacked on the five, and threw a pass to running back Jimmy Tate. Tate  broke down the sideline for a 62 yard gain to the Kanab 18. Jace Holliday scored on the next play and San Juan led 13-7 late in the third quarter. 

The Cowboys would not score again, as the Broncos picked off three interceptions and had two QB sacks. Kanab’s defense kept San Juan off balance as well, with defensive back Justin Orton getting two picks himself.

Brinkerhoff completed 16 passes for 190 yards and tight end Rhees Jackson hauled in seven catches for 86 yards.

Head coach Bucky Orton was pleased with the Boys’ effort, saying, “We went there to win. I’m as proud of these kids as any I’ve coached. You don’t always have to win a state championship to have championship kids. I would almost trade a state championship for our effort today...almost!”

San Juan faces South Sevier and Grand takes on South Summit in the 2-A semifinals this Saturday at SUU in Cedar City with kickoffs at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.