Broncs toughening up for their next game

There’s something about the game of football that drives the passion of players and fans.

The Broncs defense stops a Wetaskiwin Sabres player in his tracks recently. Their next game is Sept. 26 at 7:30 p.m. in Lacombe.

There’s something about the game of football that drives the passion of players and fans.

A team can be down 24-0 in the second half and then rally to come back and create havoc for the opposition. That was the case with the Ponoka Secondary Campus senior Broncs recently. Their first home game — there are only two this season — against the Wetaskiwin Sabres appeared to be making their way to a major loss with no scoring.

The Broncs were down 24-0 at the end of the first half and appeared to be readying themselves for a long game of no first downs. But terse words with coach Scotty MacGregor and the team seemed to awaken from slumber prepared to win the game.

They didn’t win but players were fired up enough to make several first downs and score two touchdowns; one from quarterback Ruger Dye. The Broncs’ defense was unwilling to allow the Sabres any ground and they helped Dye and the offense gain ground.

“They were motivated. Fired up!” says MacGregor.

Players were able to capitalize on some key first downs and gained important yards. Fans could feel the energy emanating from the Broncs’ coaches and players. The team was hoping to take advantage of that growth against Rocky Mountain House Rebels last week but could not make any headway against a more experienced team. They lost 53-0.

“Rocky is a really tough team,” said MacGregor.

Intimidation played a large factor against the Broncs as the defense stayed on the field more than MacGregor wanted. The offensive line struggled to gain a first down against bigger players. Pushing the offense further back down the field makes the game tougher to win.

“Their defense has to stay on the field, which gets them tired,” he explained.

The head coach takes responsibility for losing the game; he feels players need to learn how to play a smart game against taller players. “Low man wins in football.”

“I personally did not have my boys mentally prepared for that game,” stated MacGregor.

Despite a large point deficit, he feels Wetaskiwin is a tougher team to beat. “I was unable to communicate the importance of mental toughness. I need to get better at that.”

The Broncs take on the Lacombe Rams Sept. 26 on the MEGlobal Athletic Park at 7:30 p.m. Players are looking forward to competing on artificial turf — the only one in their league — under the lights. This will be a tough game for the team.

“Lacombe always had a solid program with excellent coaching,” he said.

Lacombe’s football program has been active for some years with strong feeder programs and MacGregor is preparing himself for the challenge of that game.

The Broncs next home game is Oct. 11 at 4 p.m. against Camrose.


Just Posted

Wolf Creek Schools raises Treaty 6 flag for first time

Chiefs, school officials took part in a ceremony that is aimed at acknowledging Treaty 6 land

Pair arrested in Ponoka with several weapons, face 98 charges

Two men nabbed after early morning suspicious vehicle reported, stolen weapons found

UPDATE: 18-year-old Rimbey teen dies in collision

A portion of Highway 53 west of Rimbey is down to one lane while crews investigate

Ponoka County approves $70,000 to dredge Parkland Beach

Parkland Beach to see some dredging support from Ponoka County

Ponoka sets bylaw on cannabis retail, pushes for quick public consumption regulation

Town passes first reading on retail outlet bylaw, questions staff on need to separate public usage

U.S. congressman issues dire warning to Canada’s NAFTA team: time is running out

Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland is expected to resume talks with the U.S.

Update: Search called off for missing plane between Edmonton and Chilliwack

Search efforts were concentrated along the Highway 5 corridor between Valemount and Kamloops

Canada signs global pact to help rid world’s oceans of abandoned fishing gear

The federal Fisheries Minister says it’s a ‘critical issue’

GOP pushing forward for Kavanaugh, accuser wants ‘fairness’

Kavanaugh has denied al allegations of sexual misconduct

Rural Canada Post carriers could see 25-per-cent pay hike: spokesman

An arbitrator has released a ruling in a long-standing pay equity dispute at Canada Post

Freeland brings optimism back to NAFTA talks

NAFTA talks resume in Washington

Bradley Williams takes over as Westerner Park Interim CEO

CFR expected to go on as scheduled with no disruption

Despite protests, Russia’s anti-doping agency reinstated

On a 9-2 vote, the executive committee declared RUSADA as having satisfied conditions

The longest week: Carolinas worn out by Florence

Frustration and sheer exhaustion are building as thousands of people wait to go home seven days after the storm began battering the coast.

Most Read