The first season for the Broncs 12-man football team has come to a close and despite a winless season, coach Scott MacGregor does not see it as a disappointment.
“I’m proud of the fact that my players never give up…they’re always classy individuals.”
Their last game against Lindsay Thurber High School Oct. 19 ended in a 52-0 loss with 43 points in the first half.
“I was proud of the second half,” MacGregor said.
The team changed its strategy and held Lindsay Thurber to nine points in the second half. MacGregor is most proud of his players for sticking together and remaining positive throughout the games. “Each game we got stronger as a team.”
His biggest challenge was keeping his team healthy; players would get sick with a cold throughout the season and it made it tough, especially in week five of the season.
Next year will see 27 players return to play, compared to 10 from last year and MacGregor hopes to take advantage of their experience. Coaches will work more on the team’s passing game since Grade 11 quarterback Ruger Dye will return for next season.
“Our D-line will be strong next year, led by Cole Nelson,” he explained.
Another benefit to the team appears to be in the players’ appreciation of each other.
“It brought everyone closer together, I love it,” fullback Cole Rattray explained.
Rattray, in Grade 12, feels the respect players have for each other has helped develop their strengths despite tough teams. “No one gave up…even though we were down 45-0 we just kept going.”
He feels players were able to also develop strong relationships with teachers and coaches as well. “I definitely recommend it for other kids coming up.”
For Rattray it also united the team. Aboriginal and Caucasian players now work together. “We’re all friends now, which is awesome.”