Bantam Broncs coach Todd Lewis recognized three players for their dedication to football Nov. 24 during the league's all-star inductee banquet. (l-r) Here players Luke Bonnett (honourable mention)

Bantam Broncs coach Todd Lewis recognized three players for their dedication to football Nov. 24 during the league's all-star inductee banquet. (l-r) Here players Luke Bonnett (honourable mention)

Bantam Broncs host league banquet

Ponoka bantam football squad lands pair of all-star nods along with one honourable mention at Central Football League awards

Three bantam Broncs football players made the league’s all-star list this year.

Ponoka was host to the league’s annual awards banquet Nov. 24 at the Stagecoach Saloon with a selection of players from each team making the all-star list. While the Broncs were not among the top teams, there were three players who received recognition.

Coach Todd Lewis said the team was allowed two players, but he requested an honourable mention for the third. Thoseplayers are: quarterback Dylan Giles, Connor Stiles for offense and defense and Luke Bonnett as the honourable mention.

“Choosing the all-stars this year was tough,” said Lewis.

He added that the team came out with its first win, which was a boost of confidence for the team.

Seeing the growth and improvements in the program is something Lewis is excited about. In the two years of coaching, hefeels the team continues to get better each time a game is played.

As kids get stronger and smarter in terms of football, they model to new kids and it rubs off and becomes contagious,” saidLewis.

“In year three, I expect to continue and improve in every facet of football.”

He suggests recruitment is going to be a big focus before the next season and he looks forward to an even larger roster.Tryouts are in April and he urges athletes in Grade 7 to 9 to give the program a try. Check out the Ponoka Broncs FootballFacebook page for more information.

The Broncs also hosted a team awards banquet Nov. 22. Lewis said what stood out the most was being able to have theentire team, crew and family members come together to recognize accomplishments. Over 90 people attended.

“When you see that many people in the room for football, it really hits the nail on the head for how many people wantfootball in Ponoka,” he explained.

“2016 was just a complete and utter success.”

Broncs team awards:

MVP: Dylan Giles

Defensive player: Connor Stiles

Offensive player: Luke Bonnet

Special teams: Karsen Stott

Rookie of the Year: Rylan Hillaby

Unsung Hero: Nolan Radey

Bronc Pride: Logan MacLeod

Lineman of the Year: Curtis French

Versatility Award: Brandon Williamson

Higher Level: Luke Bonnet

Leadership: Dylan Giles and Brandon Williamson