By Todd Lewis
The Ponoka bantam Broncs travelled to Stettler in order to compete in their second jamboree of their spring camp (the weekend prior the Broncs played in Lacombe’s jamboree).
Not only was Stettler’s jamboree a chance to face off against other teams, it was a chance to build on last week’s successes.
The bantams kicked off against three teams: Lacombe, Stettler and Rocky Mountain House. With an expanded offensive playbook (that employs the use of speedy flybacks), the bantam crew saw a significant increase in yardage gained per play.
Defensively, the Broncs were tenacious; opponent ball-carriers were hard pressed to gain yards.
The team’s coaching staff was pleased to see numerous players contribute to the team. Kieran Poncelet (Grade 8) and Luke Simanton (Grade 6) were favourite targets for the team’s quarterbacks.
On one of the last plays of the day, Poncelet caught a deep pass and managed to shrug off a few would-be tacklers on the way to the endzone.
Josh Rust (Grade 8) was a force on both sides of the ball; as middle linebacker, he was in on every Bronc tackle; as flyback, he consistently found the outside lane with speed, resulting with huge yardage each carry.
Quarterback Emery Young (Grade 8) showed huge growth from his rookie campaign — he was calm, composed, and made excellent decisions under pressure.
All Broncs played with ceaseless effort and passion, and never failed to lift their brothers.