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Ponoka Bantam Broncs’ first-ever home jamboree a success

6 games played with 3 visiting teams
(Photos submitted/Sam Leavitt Photography)

The Bantam Broncs football team hosted the first ever Ponoka Jamboree with three visiting teams on Sept. 2.

Marching on to the field with the Broncs were the Lacombe Raiders, Hunting Hills Lightning, and Rocky Mountain House Junior Rebels.

A total of six games were played with over 200 fans estimated in attendance.

“All four teams played hard and showed improvement throughout the evening,” said Broncs head coach Todd Lewis.

The Broncs all had playing time in order to develop and learn before their season started, said Lewis.

“While all Broncs played with ceaseless heart and effort, there were many notable players who impacted the game.”

No. 2 Westin Strongman ran the offence as QB and looked “poised and comfortable all evening.”

His throws gave his receivers a chance to catch the ball and his steady presence guided the offence, said Lewis.

No. 4 Truce Cardinal-Beaverbones was “explosive all night.”

He juked past defenders and found himself in the endzone often.

No. 1 Cruz Minde used his speed on both offence and defence to make huge plays.

“Not only did he score multiple touchdowns, his blocks set up his brothers to get into the endzone themselves.”

No. 69 Carson MacKay was a force on the defensive and offensive lines. His strong play off the line set his team up for success.

It was No. 12 Nash Ronnie’s first football game experience and Lewis said he had a “fantastic showing.”

“You wouldn’t have known it watching him,” he said.

Ronnie had a few TDs, huge blocks, many tackles, and an interception.

The Broncs play a home game against Hanna on Saturday, Sept. 10. Kickoff is at 3 p.m.


Emily Jaycox

About the Author: Emily Jaycox

I’m Emily Jaycox, the editor of Ponoka News and the Bashaw Star. I’ve lived in Ponoka since 2015 and have over seven years of experience working as a journalist in central Alberta communities.
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