Monday, December 18th, 2017

Broncos win Regional Championship

By Sandy Anderberg, Clarendon Enterprise

Clarendon’s Noab Elam has been handing off the football to a great backfield all season, but last Friday night at Frenship High Elam threw with success and posted 281 total yards in the air making good on 7 of 14 passes for four touchdowns.

The win puts the Broncos in a battle against the Skyrockets of Wellington one more time this year Friday, December 8, in Childress at 7:00 p.m. in the State Quarterfinal game. Admission for Friday’s game in Childress is $6 for adults and $4 for students.

The Broncos beat Hamlin December 1 for the Regional Championship and will face Wellington in the state quarterfinal game December 7 at Childress. Enterprise Photo / Roger Estlack

Friday’s game will be Clarendon’s first appearance at the state quarterfinal game since 1972.

All of the Broncos’ touchdowns last week and one two-point conversion came from Elam’s arm to three different players. Preston Elam was on the receiving side in the first quarter when he grabbed a 62-yard pass from his brother. Damarjae Cortez ran in for the bonus.

Colt Wood turned up the heat in the second quarter when he nabbed a 76-yard pass from Elam, and Cortez took it in for two. It was Wood again in the fourth quarter for 39 yards and Cortez to seal the win on a 70-yard pass from Elam. P. Elam caught the conversion pass for two.

“Our kids played great, and I am extremely proud of these guys,” head coach Clint Conkin said. “They just keep fighting and finding ways to win ball games.”

Wood caught three passes for 133 yards, P. Elam also caught three for 105 yards, and Cortez had one big pass from Elam for 70 yards. Clarendon had 68 yards rushing in the game.

“On offense our rushing attack was slowed down by Hamlin’s great defensive front, but our passing attack was great,” Conkin said.

Defensively, Caton Grahn and Dalton Benson were unstoppable. Grahn had 15 tackles and four quarterback sacks, and Benson followed suit with 13 tackles and two sacks. Justin Christopher racked up nine tackles and two sacks, and Cortez had seven tackles. Wood had five tackles with one interception, and Daquawne Oliver had five tackles and one sack. Clayton White had four tackles and one sack, and Andy Davis had four tackles and one sack. Zack Caison had thee tackles and also one sack.

“Our defense played great once again and swarmed them all night long,” Conkin said. “We had several guys with tackles.

A Pep Rally is scheduled for 3 p.m. this Friday in the Bronco Gym.

You can follow the quarterfinal action at or on Twitter, @ClarendonTxNews.

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