Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018

Broncos’ stellar season ends in Childress

By Sandy Anderberg

The 2017 Bronco football season ended Friday night in Childress with a 0-33 loss to Wellington.

The Broncos finished with a record of 12-2 on the year and were able to capture the Regional Finals Championship trophy on the way and reached the State Quarterfinal game for the first time since 1972.

Justin Shadle, Ryan McCleskey, Justin Christopher, DaQuawne Oliver, Nathan Shadle, and Isaac Dunham charge the field during the Quarter Final Championship game in Childress last Friday, December 1. Enterprise Photo / Elaina Estlack

This group of young men has played hard all year and was strengthened by a new coach with a new pride in the maroon and white. Their only two losses came at the hands of Wellington, who is now looking to defeat Muenster in the state semifinal game.

“I am extremely proud of the season these guys put together this year,” head coach Clint Conkin said. “They fougth hard in every game and never gave up. It did not go the way we wanted it to Friday, but our guys played their tails off.”

The Broncos struggled somewhat on offense and were stopped by a huge line. Daquawne Oliver had nine carries for 14 yards, and Damarjae Cortez carried seven times for 16 yards. Noab Elam had four yards from four carries, Ryan McCleskey had three carries for a yard, and Dalton Benson carried the ball twice for three yards. N. Elam threw the ball 12 times for 37 yards, and Cortez passed for 22 yards going two for six. Colt Wood was able to catch a pass for 26 yards, and Preston Elam caught two passes for 33 yards.

Conkin knows the Broncos gave it their all this season.

“Again, I am very proud of these guys,” he said. “They finished the year 12-2 and made a lot of memories that will last them a lifetime.”

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