Kellyn Pritchard of senior Broncs tries a passing play against Bisons of Ardrossan during the eight-team jamboree in Camrose on Saturday

Kellyn Pritchard of senior Broncs tries a passing play against Bisons of Ardrossan during the eight-team jamboree in Camrose on Saturday

Broncs football takes summer break

Both senior and junior Broncs football teams ended their spring preparation season last week

Both senior and junior Broncs football teams ended their spring preparation season last week after the senior Broncs tested their talents and skills in an eight-team jamboree in Camrose on Saturday, June 7.

Alongside Camrose Trojans, there were teams from a wide area in central Alberta, but some teams failed to participate in the event due to unforeseen circumstances.

Senior Broncs boys started their action packed day early in the morning and they competed with participating teams, taking turns in offense and defense trying 10 plays at a time with each team.

“The jamboree was just what the boys needed,” said head coach Scott MacGregor.

“The talent there was varied from provincial/league champions to some of the weaker teams around the province.”

He said the jamboree helped the coaches to pinpoint the areas where they would need to strengthen the team.

“As coaches, we know where we need to improve. We are looking forward to the 2014 season in the fall,” said MacGregor.

He said the highlights of the jamboree from the Broncs’ standpoint were that the offensive line greatly improved in the course of the day, the outside run was successful and the running-backs had a depth and that Kellyn Pritchard swiftly fit into his new role as the quarterback of the team with some great passes.

In defense, Broncs did well in stopping the rushing game but blitzes were rarely picked up and there were some big hits from the defensive backs.

According to MacGregor, senior Broncs need to improve in picking up blitzes, getting a better grip in reception and fewer fumbles and in tackling fundamentals.

Senior Broncs will resume their practices in August with the football season beginning alongside the school year in September.