Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018

Broncos squeak out win over Wheeler

By Sandy Anderberg

The Broncos used almost every tick on the clock Friday night against Wheeler, but finished the job they set out to do by defeating the Mustangs, 15-12.

“I thought our kids grew up a little bit Friday night,” first year head coach Clint Conkin said. “We overcame some adversity and came out with a win.”

The Broncos did a lot of things right in the game and the defense held Wheeler to only 163 total yards on the night.

“Our defense played sold all night,” Conkin said. “Damarjae Cortez picked off a Wheeler pass.”

Offensively, the Broncos made a few mistakes, but gathered themselves enough to get the win.

“Offensively, I thought we moved the ball well, but shot ourselves in the foot at time with mental mistakes,” Conkin said.

Conkin credited Daquawne Oliver with a good game as he carried the ball 21 times for 173 yards and one touchdown. Cortez made a good showing on the ground, as well, and racked up 38 yards on seven carries. Ryan McCleskey had four carries for 11 yards and Dalton Benson had one carry for two yards.

“Noab Elam was six of eight passing for 53 yards and a touchdown pass,” Conkin said.

The Bronco receivers did a good job for the Broncos with Bear Smith catching a pass for 14 yards and scoring one TD. Andy Davis had one catch for 10 yards, and Colt Wood had one pass for seven yards. Cortez also caught one pass for eight yards while Zach Caison caught one pass for eight yards. Preston Elam caught a pass and made good on a two-point conversion for the Broncos.

“I thought our kids showed a lot of heart in the second half,” Conkin said.

The Broncos will be back at home next Friday night, September 22, for a big homecoming game against Gruver beginning at 7:30 p.m.

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