12-man football returns to Broncs teams

The first football game of the season for Ponoka Composite High School (PCHS) is about to begin

The first football game of the season for Ponoka Composite High School (PCHS) is about to begin, this time with a fully loaded 12-man team ready to knock the socks off of its competitors.

It starts at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 6 and coach Scott MacGregor looks forward to the home opener against Red Deer’s Hunting Hills, “a very well established, well-coached team,” to see how his players will fare.

He was glad to see players remembered much of the training they were given during their spring camp. “I’m proud of the boys, that they remembered that.”

Approximately 42 players make up the entire team, with two quarterbacks ready to play. MacGregor gives much of the credit to his coaching staff who have worked to get players not only ready to give all they have during the game but also to be a positive force in their lives.

“There are eight coaches on the field here today that believe these young men need role models,” he stated.

He wants football to be a means for students to “be relied upon so that their word means something in life.”

He feels the coaches and players working together have created involved players.

“They’re engaged and learning, I’m proud of that.”

Programs will have a roster as well as concession items on sale during the game. Fans of the home opener will also get a free burger supplied by Hamilton’s IGA.

Watch for the halftime competition to win a free iPad; principal Ian Rawlinson will pull 10 random names for the kickoff. Competitors will start at the 20-yard line and attempt a field goal, each successful kick will bring the person back five yards. The person who kicks the farthest will win the iPad.

The Broncs play in a 3A/4A league: Ponoka, Stettler, Wetaskiwin, Rocky Mountain House, and Camrose play in the 3A league; Lacombe, Hunting Hills, Notre Dame, Lindsay Thurber, and Sylvan Lake play in the 4A league. The Broncs have two crossover games; the first with Hunting Hills Lightning for the opener and the other with the Lacombe Rams playing at home Sept. 21.

MacGregor advises fans to bring their own chairs as the school is still in need of bleachers.