Tough loss ends Broncs season

  The football season ended for the Broncs last Friday night against Cheyenne East in the semifinals, losing 28-27 in a hard fought, back and forth battle. Sheridan ended the season 8-3, and despite aspirations of making a championship season, the semifinals finish was still a large accomplishment for the team and kept alive a five season streak of making the semifinals.

  “It didn’t turn out the way we wanted it to, but overall I think the season wasn’t terrible, wasn’t bad” said senior Daniel Sessions. Sessions lead the Broncs all season, their top rusher and top touchdown scorer.

  Junior Colbey Bruney’s rushing touchdown was after East’s quarterback Tevis Bartlett opened the scoring with a rushing touchdown himself. However, a difference maker in the game, the Broncs’ extra point attempt was blocked, so the score remained 7-6.

  Bartlett scored next on another rushing touchdown, and Sessions responded to make the score 14-12. In an attempt to even up the score, the Broncs went for two on the extra point but couldn’t convert.

  All four of East’s touchdowns came from the feet of Bartlett, who couldn’t seem to be stopped. “We made it hard [to stop Bartlett], and our mistakes and not being disciplined led to big plays” said senior Ethan Hall about the success of East quarterback, who leads the 4A in all-purpose yards. Still for each one of his touchdowns, the Broncs responded. Sophomore Riley Sessions scored once, and junior Joseph Shassetz also found the endzone. The Broncs manage to close the scoring gap with a two point conversion, but they could never go ahead or tie the Thunderbirds.

  Even though the Broncs didn’t accomplish their goal of making and winning the state championship, the season still was a success. “It went pretty well, didn’t end up quite like we wanted it to, but overall it was a good year” said senior Kameron Eckard, who had a greatly efficient and productive season in his first year as the varsity quarterback.

  Both Sessions and Eckard mentioned the team bond and camaraderie the team had as what they will miss from the careers as Sheridan Bronc football players.

 Sessions was the lone Broncs to make the Super 25 team, a great accomplishment for any player. The Super 25 team is voted on by coaches, and features the top 25 players from each class of Wyoming football. “Its like an honor, I guess, to be mentioned in the top 25 in the state, because it’s not just 4A” said Sessions.

  For next year, the Broncs will return many key contributors to their squad. Bruney and Shassetz played large roles and scored many touchdowns for the Broncs and will have their senior season to look forward to. Also returning are junior lineman Tory Music and Cooper Powers, skill position players like sophomores Dontae Crow, Riley Sessions and Evan Coon, and punter, kicker, and receiver junior Jess Edens. These players will hope to keep the streak alive of semifinal appearances, and perhaps take the next step to a championship.