Bantam Broncs Luke Bonnett makes a catch Sept. 24 at home against the Lindsay Thurber Raiders. The Broncs lost 30-6 but outplayed the Raiders in the second half.

Bantam Broncs show strength in defense

Defense was the name of the game for the Bantam Broncs football team at their last regular home game of the season.

Defense was the name of the game for the Bantam Broncs football team at their last regular home game of the season.

The team came head to head against the Lindsay Thurber Raiders Sept. 24 and despite a 30-6 loss, the team’s defensive line proved a strong force in the second half. Coach Todd Lewis said it was just a matter of execution. “Guys were filling in the gaps.”

“We were playing 12-man. If everyone does their job, logistically no one should get past us.”

A rough first and second quarter and a couple key turnovers hurt the broncs who ended up being 30-0 down at the end of the first half. The second half was all Broncs. Defense turned up the heat refusing the Raiders any chance at a touchdown.

Twice they effectively haulted a third down attempt within yards of the goal line, forcing a turnover that benefited Broncs’ offensive line.

“We put the ball in the offense’s hands as much as we could and as a result we got a score,” said Lewis.

Quarterback Dylan Giles made a huge running play towards the end of the third quarter guaranteeing their only touchdown of the game. A two-point conversion attempt didn’t go quite as planned with Giles barely missing the line. But the team’s spirits were buoyed nonetheless.

“Again Dylan Giles is our stand out player for the game, one of many I should add,” offered Lewis.

“I figure put the ball in his hands and he’ll make something happen.”

Execution continues to be the biggest challenge for the team with botched snaps or missed opportunities. “That’s going to spell doom for your defense right out of the gate there.”

Better snaps, better blocking and better play calling in the second half created the momentum needed, said Lewis.

“When we started this week, we were aiming for improvement,” said Lewis.

And they did just that.

An unnecessary roughness penalty against the Broncs late in the fourth hurt the team’s momentum but they kept at it with the defense making consistent plays. As the game progressed Lewis became more animated in his play calls as he started to adapt to the Raiders’ offense.

Regardless of the team’s regular season record, the Broncs will be heading to playoffs. Lewis wants to see enough improvement that the team plays more than one playoff game.

The rest of the season for the bantam team are away games with the Broncs getting a bye before their contest against Hunting Hills in two weeks. “They’re a powerhouse team.”

The Broncs have six practices before Hunting Hills and the week after will play Notre Dame. Lewis expects the latter to be a tough game.

 

Just Posted

Rural crime task force results released at Agri-Trade luncheon

Report cites problems with police not being able to keep up with crime and justice system issues

PHOTO: Ponoka’s St. Augustine JV girls win volleyball league

The team had a great finals winning in two sets in Ponoka

Ponoka’s annual holiday gala, fundraiser just days away

2018 Festival of Trees in support of operations at the Ponoka hospital set for Nov. 15 to 17

Ponoka’s senior Broncs lost a tough consolation to Wetaskiwin

Penalties and errors in play affected Ponoka, which ended up deflating the team’s momentum

Woman in theft of CN truck from Ponoka pleads guilty

Sentencing not set as the woman heads into intensive one year drug treatment program

VIDEO: Marvel Comics’ Stan Lee dies

Marvel co-creator was well-known for making cameo appearances in superhero movies

Feds dropped ball with WWI anniversary tributes: historians

Wrote one historian: ‘Other than the Vimy Ridge celebration … I think they have done a very bad job’

Sides ‘far apart’ in Canada Post talks despite mediation, says union

The lack of a breakthrough means rotating strikes will resume Tuesday

Feds’ appeal of solitary confinement decision in B.C. to be heard

Judge ruled in January that indefinite such confinement is unconstitutional, causes permanent harm

Nunavut urges new plan to deal with too many polar bears

Territory recommends a proposal that contradicts much of conventional scientific thinking

Tentative deal reached in NHL concussion lawsuit

More than 100 former players accused the league of failing to better prevent head trauma

Grim search for more fire victims; 31 dead across California

More than 8,000 firefighters battled wildfires that scorched at least 1,040 square kilometres

Politicians need to do better on social media, Trudeau says

Prime minister suggests at conference in Paris some are trying to use technology to polarize voters

Bells of Peace toll 100 times in Castor

Commemorates the 100th anniversary since the end of the First World War

Most Read