Chaney, Broncos Leave New Hope With No Hope

report and images by: Jamie Speakman

The Holly Pond Broncos faithful filled Thomas-Michelfelder Field Friday night to cheer on their team against the New Hope Indians.

Coming off two straight years in the AHSAA playoffs, Broncos fans’ expectations are high in 2018. The sense of season-opening excitement and enthusiasm was palpable before game time.

The first quarter featured plenty of sloppy play littered with mistakes and penalties resulting in a slim (and a bit disconcerting) 8-7 lead.

Three straight Broncos touchdowns – unanswered by New Hope – re-inflated both fan and team swagger.

Running back Dylan Sigler of New Hope squeezed in a 20-yard dash in the second half to give the Indians some vague, brief hope of a comback. However, Holly Pond recovered the following New Hope onside kick running out the clock to start the season 1-0. That makes three straight season openers resulting in victories for the Broncos (2016-27-18).

The Broncos offensive star of the game – Kyler Chaney – stood out massively. This junior quarterback ran and passed with great skill and proclivity.

Chaney scored FOUR touchdowns racked up on the strength of a 150+ rushing yard and 120+ yard passing performance. Those magical statistics came from 27 rushing attempts and 6 of 12 in the air.

Senior Alex Corneglio was on the receiving end of a 32-yard Chaney touchdown pass.

Overall though, fifth-year Bronco Coach Mike Bates could have been pleased with some of the mental errors and season-opening gaffes by his squad. With that said a 26-13 victory built on 465 to 148 yardage gained differential is not so bad, particularly for the first game of the new year.

Other key Bronco offensive producers included Jeremiah Holmes (92 yards) and Tyler Simmons (35 years).

In addition to Corneglio, Tyler Boatright was an essential ingredient in the passing game.

Senior lineman Jacob Ring along with Isaac Ludwig were the anchors in an excellent team defensive scheme that New Hope just never quite figured out.

Sigler was the bright spot for New Hope’s offense. He reeled off a couple of long runs to lift his nightly production to over 101 yards on 20 rushing attempts.

The Broncos will go on the road for a potential trap game against wee to 2A Ider in DeKalb County next Friday night.


Chaney, Broncos Leave New Hope With No Hope


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