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New head coach Brian Davis and his coaching staff want to build player character and responsibility.
Football preseason opened with optimism and a home game win 16-14 against Benson on Sept. 9. Bronco football then slid immediately into loss after loss with subsequent games against Sandy (7-51), Putnam (7-14), Milwaukie (20-28), St. Helens (0-42) and most recently Wilsonville (6-56).
New head coach Brian Davis introduced a completely different approach in terms of play style this year, changing the team’s focus from a more finessed strategy to brute power.
However, this transition brought some bumps and bruises along the way. After the large defeat by Sandy, some players began to experience frustration with the coaches and team.
“The season has been tough,” junior Chris Montgomery said. “Coaching can improve, and how players react towards the coaching -- their attitude and effort.”
Team captain senior De’Andre Pickett said, “At Sandy we completely got blown out because our team was on some other stuff. I don’t know what we were on.”
Pickett hoped for his last year in high school footbal to break his record of four interceptions and three touchdowns.
“Our chemistry is good, our bond is better than any other team,” Pickett said. And even arguments in practice have “brought us closer together,” Pickett said.
With an overall record of 1-6, and a league record of 0-5, the Broncos are focusing on improving character and chemistry, according to Davis. Since the coaching staff is focused on building a program instead of aiming for playoffs, the team knows that stakes are not drastic for this year’s games.
Yet, the hopes for a playoff berth stayed on the minds of some players.
“No one likes to be 1-4,” senior running-back Christian McCoy said. “We got derailed a little bit, but so far I feel like everyone is working hard, and we still have a lot of games left to make a push.”
The coaching staff said victory comes with incorporating chemistry and skills that can be used outside of the football field, such as character and responsibility.
“I want the team to be more disciplined, have a focused mindset on fixing mistakes and minimizing mistakes, and just bringing their best attitude and effort every day,” Davis said.
While the team struggles to hold their footing during games, they see their mistakes and run through them numerous times during practice to correct them, according to coaches. Whether it be a missed catch, or a misdrawn play, they try to take every mistake into account to hopefully fix the next game.
“For the most part it really comes down to being ready to play for the first snap, and playing as one unit, a family,” defensive coach Brian Alves said.
“If everyone takes care of their own job and doesn’t worry about the guy next to him, we’ll do very well,” Alves said.
The last home game is Oct. 21 versus La Salle.