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Broncs fall a TD short of upending Wallace Wildcats PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 07 October 2011 19:02

Wes Anderjaska, No. 9, clears a path for Bo Fanning as the Bronco senior runs the ball into the endzone for the opening score of the Bronco match-up against the Wildcats. Despite leading 29-16 at the half, the Broncs came up short in the end with Wallace taking the win, 44-37.

 

By Tina Kitt

The Wauneta Breeze

 

It was a disappointing homecoming for the Bronco football team, with the loss to Wallace made all the tougher after it appeared early on that Wauneta-Palisade was on its way to their first win of the season.

Early in the first quarter an interception by Wes Anderjaska paved the way for the Broncs to open the scoring with a TD pass from Connor Kayton to Bo Fanning putting the Broncs on the board first.

Kayton found Hayden Pollmann later in that first quarter on an aerial attack in answer to a Wallace TD to move the Broncs back on top 15-8 after Wallace briefly held the lead. A big run by the Wildcats’ Taylor Doell and PAT, however, gave Wallace the edge, 16-15, at the end of the first quarter.

Big defensive stands and strong gains through the air helped the Broncs shutdown the Wildcats in the second quarter. The Broncs took the lead 21-16 on a 5-yard pass from Kayton to Logan Bischoff. Later in the quarter Kayton connected with Pollmann on a TD pass and ran the ball in on the PAT to spread the lead 29-16 going into the halftime break.

Famously short on numbers, with a roster of 15, the worn down and battered Bronco crew wasn’t able to repeat the same performance in the second half as Wallace opened with a 63-yard drive to pull within five points at 29-24.

Reese West breaks a tackle to gain yards for the Broncs. West had 98 yards of total offense, carrying the ball for 16 yards and pulling down four passes for 82 yards receiving. The Bronco record of 0-5 doesn’t accurately reflect their capabilities on the field, with the Bronco offense the leader in yardage in Class D2.

On the kick return Fanning answered back, taking the ball from the 2 yard line across the field on a TD runback. The PAT run by Kayton moved the score to 37-24, but that’s where the home team hit a wall. Wallace rallied for three unanswered touchdowns in the third quarter to take the lead 38-37 going into the final stretch.

Frustrated at seeing their lead slip, the field battered Bronco crew scrambled to make something happen, but found themselves hampered by penalties and miscues in the fading minutes of the game.

Wallace’s Doell pulled down an interception midway through the fourth quarter and ran it back for a touchdown to pull away 44-37. WP worked to gel their offense on their last series of the contest but incomplete passing forced them to punt. Wallace, now 3-2, put together the yards needed to control the ball for the last five minutes, running out the clock for the win.

“We were disappointed with the loss, but the kids played their hearts out,” said Bronco Coach Justin Bernhardt. “That’s all I can ask of them. We’re going to move forward, preparing each week like we’re a 5-0 team not an 0-5 team.”

Friday the Broncs travel to Brady to take on the 3-2 Eagles with kickoff slated for 6:30 p.m. MT/7:30 p.m. CT.

Logan Bischoff moves in to make a big stop for the team, taking down Wallace’s Landon Swedburg. The Bronco sophomore played well on both sides of the ball, racking up the most yards with receiving at 142 yards on seven catches, including a touchdown play.

Last Updated on Friday, 07 October 2011 19:06