Despite a winless season, players with the Ponoka Broncs senior football team are receiving recognition for their efforts.
Six Broncs were invited to the Central Alberta Football League’s awards night Wednesday, Dec. 3 at Notre Dame High School with one athlete receiving high praise.
Votes from teams in the division resulted in an award for Dallon Perry, who received the Special Teams Player of the Year award, explained head coach Scott MacGregor. This was the first time Ponoka won a major award in the league, he added.
“They recognized his speed and his tracking ability,“ said MacGregor. “Especially on the punt coverage.”
Perry had three big roles with the Broncs this year; linebacker, running back and special teams. He started out as a water boy in Grade 9 and then joined the team in Grade 10. His Grade 12 year has culminated in this award.
Perhaps it was a tough season for Broncs, but Perry says many teams seemed shocked at the acclaim on awards night. “I felt it earned the respect of the other teams.”
He says being part of the Broncs has brought many of the payers closer together as a strong team. Perry added that having the other players being recognized as all stars is a testament to improvements in Ponoka’s football program. He suggests there are other benefits to the team program.
“It taught me a lot of being responsible for your actions,” said Perry.
“Dallon’s made some good choices in high school and as a result he’ll continue to make good choices in his life,” added MacGregor.
The Broncs will hold their team awards banquet in April to recognize accomplishments made by players.