Broncs’ Seth Gratrix tackles Cougars ball carrier in the second quarter of their game on Saturday

Broncs’ Seth Gratrix tackles Cougars ball carrier in the second quarter of their game on Saturday

Bantam Broncs end season, seniors to host Rocky Thursday

Bantam Broncs ended their season as they started, without a win.

Bantam Broncs ended their season as they started, without a win, but their head coach said he was confident that his team would develop to become a “powerhouse” in the not too distant future.

Hosting Red Deer’s Notre Dame Cougars on Saturday, Oct. 17, Broncs had a dismal start to their game with the visitors putting 40 points on the scoreboard in the first 10 minutes of play. In the first quarter every possession Cougars had ended with a touchdown and in the second they scored only one touchdown and that was where they were stopped.

Jared Bussiere scored the single touchdown for the Ponoka boys in the third, but the convert attempt was not successful and the game ended 46-6.

Bantam Broncs head coach Todd Lewis said after the game that just as it was all along the season, in this game, too, “resilience was the name of the game.”

“We went into the second half 46-0 down but the boys didn’t give up,” he insisted. “We beat them in the second half 6-0” he added.

Missing a few key players, according to Lewis, was one of the important factors that led to the result.

“Success is not on the scoreboard,” he said reiterating that the team was still a work in progress and that they would keep building in the course the seasons to come.

Senior Broncs, for their part, traveled to Sylvan Lake on Friday, Oct. 16 to play against the league leaders on their own turf.

While the outcome of the game wasn’t a surprise, Broncs did manage to score a touchdown with Braeden Korchinski against the toughest defence of the league and returned to Ponoka with a 57-7 loss.

Senior Broncs end their regular season with their home game against Rocky Mountain House on Thursday, Oct. 22.

How their playoff schedule will shape up will be known after all the league games are completed this weekend.