Ponoka Broncs start strong, play at home Sept. 30

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Football before dawn - The PCHS Broncs football team get some early practice before school starts. They play in the morning from 6:30 to 8 a.m.

By Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

The PCHS Broncs have started their football season with two wins and coach Scott McGregor likes what he sees.

The Broncs are in their fifth season of high school football and MacGregor said the Ponoka community helps make the program possible.

MacGregor has 21 players on the roster, 12 of whom are in Grade 10, which makes him excited for upcoming seasons, and he said the six coaches and all the players are dedicated to the success of the team.

They practice every morning from 6:30 to 8 a.m., to a rising sun, in preparation for upcoming games.

The coach said it is pretty dark in the morning and he turns on the spotlights to help the players see. “I find that my team sticks together and maybe they don’t want to get up and practice when there’s frost on the ground but we have tough and dedicated athletes.”

MacGregor has recruited athletes from a different pool rather than from other sports teams.

“I don’t want to tap from existing programs so I recruit separately.”

The Broncs play six-man football and it is a different way to play, but in smaller communities having a normal line up of 12 can be hard to maintain. MacGregor said his team has the ability to learn well from the coaching staff, which is as important as being able to play the game.

MacGregor is “extremely proud of the dedication that my athletes have given to our program and teammates.”

The football program is student-first, athlete second and MacGregor wants his team to do well in both avenues of their higher education.

The players must keep their grades up and have a positive attitude within school to stay on the team.

Their first game against the Caroline Cougars they won 55-37, and they defeated the Breton Cougars 19-14.

The Broncs will play at home Sept. 30 against the Hinton Wolfpack at 4 p.m.

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