No. 14 Carter Karwandy carries the ball upfield. (Sam Leavitt/Sam Leavitt Photography)

No. 14 Carter Karwandy carries the ball upfield. (Sam Leavitt/Sam Leavitt Photography)

Bantam Broncs come back to win 44-26

A strong second half won the home team the game

The Bantam Broncs came back from a slow start to win their home game against Olds 44-26 on Sept. 27.

We started the game on offence and were able to move the ball well. We had a long and consistent drive, but eventually stalled out in Olds’ red zone.

Olds scored on their first offensive play.

We did that same pattern of us moving the ball but not scoring and Olds scoring in one or two plays until we found ourselves down 26-0. During halftime, we made some adjustments on defence and were able to stop Olds’ running and passing plays, which put our offence in a more favourable field position.

Our game plan was to play hard, aggressive, smash mouth football. We aimed at hitting Olds at every opportunity and wearing them down for the second half of the game.

Our physicality paid off — in the second half, our defence didn’t yield another point and our offence put up 44, finishing the game at 44-26.

The coaches and I are extremely proud of the Broncs’ resilience. Finding yourself way down on the scoreboard can break the spirits of many athletes — not these kids. They continued to put in ceaseless effort, made the necessary adjustments, and battled each play to the whistle.

When you do those things, you will be successful regardless of winning or losing. This time, we were rewarded with a victory (one that the Broncs fully earned).

The Broncs need to focus on their defence and how to adjust to various offensive formations. Continuing to develop our tackling technique is essential — getting low and under control will translate into fewer missed tackles.

Fullback Luke Doornewaard No. 12 pounded the ball up the middle of Olds defence for over 100 yards and two touchdowns. His efforts were invaluable to our offensive success as Olds started to focus only on him (opening up lanes for other players).

No. 14 Carter Karwandy had a great game as QB and RB. He completed a handful of passes, ran the ball, scored three TDs, and kicked in three converts.

No. 99 Cole Carlson had an excellent game on defence. He was often in the right position to make tackles and didn’t miss a single one.

We play in Drumheller in Oct. 17.

– Submitted by head coach Todd Lewis