Strong defense propels Broncs past Kelly Walsh

A late defensive push provided the edge for the SHS Broncs football squad, a close game ending in a 26-10 victory over the Kelly Walsh Trojans last Friday night at Homer Scott Field.

Holding a strong Kelly Walsh team to only 10 points in their home opener, the Broncs are now 2-0, one of only three 4A teams yet to be beaten, along with Gillette and Cheyenne East.

“We played well and a strong defensive effort. Kelly Walsh was a quality team and we forced a lot of turnovers. We still need to work on playing a full game though and not taking downs off,” said junior Joe Shassetz.

After a decent kick-off return, Sheridan drove down the field and capped the drive off with a touchdown pass from senior quarterback Kameron Eckard to fellow senior receiver Nick Gill. Eckard would go on to throw for 94 yards on 14 attempts, a very efficient night, with two touchdowns and one interception.

The Trojans responded with a touchdown series of their own, fumbling the ball in the endzone but recovering it to tie the game at seven all. Before halftime, Eckard found senior receiver Tyler Kauffman again for a passing score. After a missed extra point, the score was 13-7 at the end of the second quarter.

The beginning of the third quarter began with a Kelly Walsh field goal. However, the Broncs defense, which came up with four turnovers, took over. Sophomores Evan Coon and Riley Sessions each had an interception, and, during the fourth quarter, senior Ethan Hoopes recovered a muffed punt from the Trojans at the one yard line.

Junior Colbey Bruney punched in the ball from the one for a touchdown to widen the gap. The game was finished by a Hoopes interception late in fourth quarter, which he returned for another score, the game ending 26-10.

The Broncs now face Evanston on the road Friday night. The long bus ride can always be difficult for a team to overcome, even though Evanston has struggled early on this year.