It was the same Ponoka bantam Broncs squad, but a vastly different result this week with a big win on the road.
The bantams would eventually get rid of their bus legs and pound out a 36-9 victory in Olds on Sept. 14, scoring through the air and on the ground.
Quarterback Quaid McKinney tossed one touchdown pass, a 55-yard catch and run by Jake Sheppard, and carried one in himself for his first of the season. The other TDs came from power runner RJ Littlechild and Kayden Reinbold with his first of the year.
“We had glimpses of brilliance, but the team didn’t get off the bus very well,” said head coach Todd Lewis.
“There were 17 penalties and miscues everywhere, but despite these mental lapses, we were still able to run the ball well and shut down their offense.”
Lewis added that Littlechild continues to run roughshod over opposing defenses and that Reinbold is a Grade 7 player that holds some promise for the future.
Jeremy Wildcat and Emily McMillan also performed well, with Wildcat playing both ways and making numerous key tackles, while McMillan was again all over the field and had a part in every play.
In addition to his one TD catch, Sheppard was perfect from the kicking tee as he hit on all four converts.
“We are addressing those mistakes and will be stronger because of it,” Lewis noted.
“We have a group that is talented and, more importantly, strong in character. Once we iron out these mental errors, which are completely avoidable with some dedicated focus, we are going to be a force to be reckoned with.”
The bantam Broncs keep the road show rolling as the club is in Strathmore Sept. 21 before returning home to face Drumheller on Sept. 28.
After a tremendously close and exciting win in their home and season opener, the Ponoka Secondary Campus Broncs faltered in Camrose Sept. 12 by a score of 22-1.
Head coach Cody Baird stated, despite the outcome and the team’s record falling to a win and a loss, their next opponent is going to be tough.
”As hard as it is taking a loss. We can learn from games like that,” he said.
“It shows the team what kind of commitment it takes in order to be successful in this sport.”
Baird added that the club’s biggest challenge yet will come when they host Sylvan Lake tomorrow (Sept. 19) with kick off slated for 4:30 p.m.
“We need to have a good week of practice if we are going to be ready for them,” he said.