Broncos keep running in win over High Prairie Outlaws

Grande Prairie Broncos running Ethan Wall in recent action against the Sexsmith Shamrocks. Wall rushed for a touchdown as the Broncos defeated the High Prairie Outlaws 39-0 in Peace Country Bantam Football League action this past weekend in High Prairie. Gordon Anderson / Daily Herald Tribune

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The Grande Prairie Broncos picked a 39-0 win over the High Prairie Outlaws in Peace Country Bantam Football League (PCBFL) action in High Prairie on Saturday afternoon.

“It was a travel game and a little different for us, spending three hours on a school bus,” Broncos head coach Anthony Wall said. “In the pregame it looked like they had trouble getting going, but once the game started they kicked it into gear and were the same old Broncos they’ve been all year.”

The score was 27-0 after the first quarter and 39-0 at halftime.

It’s time for a temporary slice of reality.

At the moment, the undefeated Broncos are dominating the PCBFL and it’s not close. They’ve scored 170 points and have given up two touchdowns this year.

While Wall isn’t going to get caught saying anything that would hint at taking an opponent lightly, he’s surely harder on his team than anybody else is.

“You can always improve in every facet of the game and that’s why we study film and break things down and incorporate that into our practice plan,” Wall said. “We talk with the players about their performance as a grade with, ultimately, moving into an A or A+ situation. We try to break it down and try to say what can we do to improve percentage points this week. It’s our main focus to get better every practice and game.”

After the club plays on Saturday, the coaches and players take Sunday ‘off’ before reconvening for practice on Monday. The coaching staff focuses on both the negative and positive. It’s a good and bad experience for all involved.

“We start Monday [practice] with an hour of film,” Wall said. “The [players] know they have to have a thick skin because film doesn’t lie. It’s one of the big tools for growing.”

Not only is film study a teaching technique, it keeps the players in check. Considering the fantastic roll the team is currently on, it’s totally necessary. While their record is perfect, their play is not.

“You have to keep them grounded and sometimes the players perception about what they have done is different than what they actually have done and that’s why film is so important,” Wall said. “They can watch and say to themselves ‘oh, man, I didn’t get low enough on that play or I missed a block.’ That way when the coaches bring it up they have seen it for themselves and [know] we’re being honest in our assessment.”

Quarterback Cade Labrecque rushed for two touchdowns and earned the game ball, fullback Anton Grassl rushed for two touchdown, Carter Kettyle had a touchdown and Ethan Wall rushed for over 100 yards and found the endzone once.

Matthew Udine got the nod for the Heart and Hustle award “for his solid work on the offensive and defensive lines,” Wall said.

Caleb Eiserman led the defence in tackles.

“Eiserman had a phenomenal game, I would guess he had about 12 tackles,” Wall said. “He had a relentless pursuit of the football [kind of game]. On one play he had a 50-yard run to track the tailback down and keep him out of the endzone.”

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