Well, on Thursday our Freshman team proved that they were mortal, as they lost their first game…a close match, 14-12, to Escondido. As Coach Elrod told them after their 3rd straight shut-out, they were going to get scored on at some point during the season, so when it happens, learn to deal with it and keep playing. And against Escondido, they did get scored upon, but they didn’t let it get them down. They kept their heads-up and kept battling. The team they played was a very good Escondido team, and our Broncos certainly competed. They should be proud, but also focus on listening to the Coaches and keep improving next week.
The JV game on Friday was another heart-break for them in a game that came down to the last drive, as they fell 19-14. Our coaches are so proud of this JV team–they work hard during the week, and they are getting better. They are playing solid defense, and beginning to move the ball consistently. We all agree that it is just a few plays here and there that have kept this team from being 3-1 right now. But as we’ve told them, if they keep working hard, the wins will start coming.
The Varsity team capped off the series with the program’s only win, by beating a solid Escondido team 16-6 under the Friday night lights. Our offense, again, showed signs that they can be extremely explosive and potent, but a few mental errors continue to end potential scoring drives. Our defense picked up their game, and played extremely well overall, and our special teams continue to improve. We gave the team these grades on Saturday morning:
PLAY HARD: B. On Defense, our boys were flying around, hustling to the ball, and playing a good brand of tough Bronco football. On Offense, we did not play as hard as we can, especially our O-Line and running backs. Though at times, we are giving great efforts, we must be more consistent.
PLAY SMART: C. On Defense, we mostly took care of our assignments, had only a few mental mistakes, and zero penalties. On Offense, however, still way too many blown assignments and lapses in focus…again that are coming at bad times, which are ending solid drives we’ve put together. But other than a few penalties, we’ve been playing disciplined football and have had yellow flags thrown our direction.
PLAY TOGETHER: B. We were very happy with the way we played as a team on Friday. A lot of encouragement and excitement, and playing as units instead of individuals. Only a few selfish acts–late hit, players doing their own thing–prevented us from earning an A in this category.
Also, our Bronco Warriors for the week were Trent Sessions, Charles Ensley, Shawn Ng, Matt Ledesma, Jack Degesero, Chris Gill and Jay Hartmann. They represented the team well and have performed like true Broncos.
Thank you for supporting us Friday night. We have some homecooking next Friday against a well-known foe, Mission Hills. We hope to improve this week, and put on a better performance the next time we tee it up. Hope to see you all there.