Halfway through the season the Ponoka Broncs senior football team is struggling to find some momentum.
The Broncs played the Drayton Valley Warriors Sept. 28 at home with the team finding some movement but eventually falling short.
With a 30-0 score for the Warriors at half time the Broncs looked like there was little chance of any catchup. In an effort to gain some yardage and first downs, quarterback Jared Bussiere managed to find some openings and complete a few passes in the effort.
A few penalties against the Warriors also helped bring the ball closer to the goal line, bringing it to a first and goal at one point. The Broncs were able to run the ball in with a player just managing to get over the goal line.
Co-head coach Cody Baird said being halfway through the season, coaches wanted to see a few different plays being thrown at opponents. That may have helped them get on the scoreboard.
“You can start putting in wrinkles in different formations,” said Baird.
“Not only to mix things up, but somewhere to go to if you get in trouble.”
The Broncs weren’t able to convert the touchdown but players were rejuvenated by the successful run.
Not to be dissuaded, the Warriors clamped down and held the Broncs from scoring, while making special plays count to convert a few more touchdowns. At the end of the game the score sat at 49-6.
Bussiere was awarded offensive player of the game while #62, Derek Lange, was awarded defensive player of the game.
Baird praised both players for their work ethic. “Can’t say more (about Bussiere). He plays both sides of the ball.”
Laing is new to football, said Baird, but is an incredible athlete. “He’s just an amazing team guy. He’s probably one of the best teammates that you could ask for on a football program.”
“He doesn’t back down, doesn’t quit,” added Baird.
The biggest challenge in the game is team confidence.
“When a score looks like that you kind of start losing hope,” said Baird.
He feels the players need to find a strong sense of pride.
This week the Broncs have a bye, and then the team heads to Rocky Mountain house the week after.