The Ponoka bantam Broncs wore pink for the month of October in support of breast cancer research and posed for this photo following their last home game Oct. 12. Photo by Naomi McKInney

Bantam Broncs fall hard in Stettler

Team shutout by league’s top team

It wasn’t the prettiest game that Ponoka’s bantam Broncs have ever played, but it wasn’t the ugliest either.

Although, one wouldn’t think that after looking at the score — 73-0 for the home town Stettler Wildcats.

Broncs head coach Todd Lewis explained they all knew it was going to be a tough game, just not as tough as it ended up.

“Stettler is big, aggressive and experienced. Their strong play, mixed in with some miscues from us, equaled a long day,” he stated.

“There is a reason they are number one in the league.”

While the lopsided score doesn’t show it, Ponoka did have a couple of shining moments.

“There were glimpses of brilliance from the Broncs,” Lewis said.

“LJ Nieviadomy returned the ball to their one yard line, however Stettler stuffed us on all three attempts. As well, after Stettler’s first touchdown, Jeremy Wildcat made a huge interception.”

Another bright note from Lewis was that his team drastically cut the number of times they were flagged.

“We took very few penalties,” he noted, “But we did draw Stettler offside numerous times and they got angry. That then resulted in a number of objectionable conduct penalties.”

Playoffs

For the bantam Broncs, they finished the season at three wins and four losses though that was good enough to get them into the Tier 2 playoff round. The club will play Notre Dame in the semifinal on Oct. 26 in Red Deer. Game time was not available at press time.

As for the PSC Broncs, the regular season came to end last week with them on their bye week. So, the team awaits the winner of the Drayton Valley versus Rocky Mountain House contest that goes Oct. 26 and will host the Central Alberta Rural High School league consolation playoff final on Nov. 2. Meanwhile, the championship semifinals this week has Sylvan Lake hosting Camrose while Stettler is home versus Wetaskiwin.

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