Monday, December 18th, 2017

Broncos outrun the Greyhounds

By Sandy Anderberg

A solid running attack gave the Broncos a big Homecoming win in Bronco Stadium last Friday night.

With the momentum of a 14-7 halftime lead, the Broncos pushed through the second half with no doubt they would the win. The win put the Broncos at 4-0 for the year.

Racking up a huge 331 yards on the ground, the Broncos used their strength, and Daquawne Oliver to finish on top. Oliver was a beast with 175 yards on 16 carries that netted him four Clarendon touchdowns. He had runs of four, five, 47, and 50 yards for scores on the night to lead the Broncos in the win. Damarjae Cortez accounted for the other Bronco score on a 46-yard run in the second quarter.

“I thought our kids played really wee Friday against Gruver,” head coach Clint Conkin said. “Our defense played great and we held Gruver to 76 total yards rushing. They did throw for 200 yards, but our secondary covered well all night.”

Defensively, the Broncos were strong. Noab Elam and Colt Wood both had interceptions in the game and several players knocked down Greyhound passes.

The Bronco offense lit up the night and posted 346 total yards. Even though the Bronco passing game finished with only 15 yards against 205 for Gruver, the Broncos filled in the gaps on the ground.

“We had several different kids run the ball,” Conkin said.

Along with Oliver, Cortez had five carries for 64 yards and Preston Elam had three carries for 36 yards. Ryan McCleskey ran with the ball seven times for 17 yards, and Noab Elam posted 25 yards on five carries. Dalton Benson carried twice for seven yards, and Antwan Bassett and Collin Butler each carried one time for three yards. The receivers were hard at work as well with Bear Smith and Colt Wood grabbing one pass each for six and seven yards, respectively. Reston Elam also had one reception for two yards and caught a pass from brother Noab for a two-point bonus in the second quarter.

The Broncos will travel to Booker on Friday, September 29, for their last pre-district game beginning at 7:30 p.m.

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