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Despite losing to Rocky, Broncs played with solid effort

The Peewee Broncs hosted the Rocky Jr. Rebels on Saturday, Oct. 7.
(Kyle Jeffrey photo)

The Peewee Broncs hosted the Rocky Jr. Rebels on Saturday, Oct. 7.

It was the Broncs’ last regular season game before playoffs start on Oct. 21. The Rebels came into town with a 3-1 record while the Broncs were hoping to improve their win streak to 4-0.

This game looked like the biggest test for the peewees so far as Rocky is a tough team and has big players.

In the first quarter, both teams traded touchdowns. While the peewees found success running the ball outside, miscues and timing stifled a few offensive drives.

Defensively, the Broncs were inconsistent. At times, the D fired downhill, gang-tackling the Rebel ball carrier with tenacity; at other times, the peewees were hesitant and waiting for the play to come to them.

In football, a team’s success is dependent on many factors, but aggressive, downhill play is paramount. The inconsistency here allowed the Rebels to take a lead by halftime, one that the Broncs would narrow but, ultimately, fall short of making a comeback — 32-52, Rebels.

While it’s regrettable that the Broncs lost (first in team history), that doesn’t mean they weren’t successful.

Despite losing, our Broncs played with solid effort, had many highlight-worthy plays, and competed until the bitter end.

Playing against a tough team like Rocky is a valuable experience. It allowed the Broncs to experience adversity, more than they had seen all season. Finding ways to stay resilient is what championship teams are made out of. The Broncs will be better prepared for tough times in the playoffs because of their Rocky game.

Ty Quast (No. 34) had another strong game, tallying numerous touchdowns for the Broncs yet again. James Scott (No. 18) showed tons of fight and heart in every snap. In addition to multiple completed passes, James set crushing blocks against Rocky all game (which is not typical for most quarterbacks).

Shay Carlier (No. 54) was all over the field on defence, recording many tackles.

The Peewee Broncs have a bye this weekend before they enter the first round of playoffs. Depending on how other teams finish, they could be travelling to Olds or Drumheller.