Junior Broncs display great football skills despite defeat

The weather was perfect, the bleachers were almost full and Ponoka’s bantam Broncs, in hosting their Red Deer rivals from the Hunting Hills

Hector Ibarra led the offensive effort of the Broncs throughout the game giving a hard time to Lightning defense.

The weather was perfect, the bleachers were almost full and Ponoka’s bantam Broncs, in hosting their Red Deer rivals from the Hunting Hills High School on Saturday, Oct. 5, made it a great day for Ponoka high school football.

The game was full of excitement and thrill as the lead changed hands several times with players on both sides displaying strong motivation and willingness to win.

Visiting Lightning were the first two score early in the first quarter, just three minutes into the game.

But the local boys refused to be intimidated by the better-organized visitors and quickly pulled themselves together to first equalize in early the second quarter and take the lead towards the end of the of the first half.

With both sides refusing to give up on their drive and energy, the game lost nothing in its level excitement through the second half.

In the third quarter, the Hunting Hill scored two touchdowns to take the lead once again, but the Broncs were not to be forced to drop their claim to the game. In the fourth quarter, Ponoka boys did score another touchdown to come close to  winning the game but could not prevent a late rushing game to their touchdown line by Hunting Hill Lightning with final score being sealed 28-22 for the visiting side.

Scott McGregor, manager of the Ponoka Broncs said it was an excellent game and praised the bantam team’s head coach Cody Baird for motivating his players to give their everything.

Coach Baird could not be reached for comment.

Bantam Broncs play their last regular season game at home against Red Deer’s Notre Dame on Saturday, Oct 12 at 11 a.m.

Senior Broncs host Camrose on Friday at 4.30 for their last regular season game. First 200 attendants at the seniors’ game receive free cowbells and Ponoka Fire Department will be serving burgers.