Fall means football and the Ponoka bantam Broncs squad is preparing for a new season with optimism.
Last season wound up on a positive note with a victory and the hope of head coach Todd Lewis is the team can gel together quickly.
The club held tryouts and played a brief spring jamboree season, which Lewis felt went well.
Practices began once again last week — running three days a week — with players working hard to get ready as the season opener is just over a week away.
As was the case last season, the Broncs will be road warriors for early on in the schedule while the team will conclude the regular season with a pair of home games.
The Broncs are in Springbank on Sept. 9, then in Olds on Sept. 16 followed by a contest at home against Lindsay Thurber on Sept. 23. The team will have a bye for the final weekend of Sept. followed by their final game on the road Oct. 7 in Lacombe against Notre Dame from Red Deer.
The club closes out things with home field advantage Oct. 14 against Sylvan Lake and then Oct. 21 versus Innisfail.
Lewis looks forward to getting a number of his experienced players to tutor the rookies on the roster, but it seems the new players are literally catching on quickly if the jamboree season is any indication.
“That being said, our first game is fast approaching and we need everyone so we can prepare,” he stated.
He did add there are a number of volunteer spots to fill for the Broncs home games — from working the yardsticks to taking care of other game day items — so the hope is people will be able to step up and help out, making things easier for everyone.
There is still an opportunity for any new players to come on board, just need to get in touch with Lewis at firstname.lastname@example.org.