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Gridiron season ends for Broncs


Like any good contest, both sides will trade jabs while trying to deliver the knockout blow. It was that way for the Burns Broncs Friday night as they sparred on the road with the Wright Panthers, still looking for that elusive first win of the season. In the end, it was not to be as the home team sent the Broncs home with a 30-21 loss to finalize their season record at 0-8.

The first quarter was all Panthers as they put up 22 unanswered points. Then it was time for the Broncs to retaliate.

With 10:22 on the clock in the second quarter, Burns QB Klayton Clark connected with receiver Alex Pyle for an 18-yard touchdown to get the Broncs on the board. Clark’s two-point conversion run came up empty, cutting Wright’s lead to 22-6.

At the 6:52 mark, Clark ran for a 39-yard touchdown to draw the Broncs closer. A two-point conversion attempt was no good but Burns was inching closer, bringing the score to 22-12.

With 4:01 left in the half, River Schroeder ran four yards for another Bronc TD. Clark’s PAT was good and the Broncs were within striking distance, trailing just 22-19 at the break.

Both teams were held scoreless in the third quarter.

Wright finally delivered the knockout punch with 7:31 left in the game on a touchdown pass from Shayne Belt to Ryan Speidel. Zach Seibert converted the two-point PAT to pad the Panther lead to 30-19.

In the closing minute of play, the Broncs scored a safety on a botched punt attempt by Wright to bring the final score to 30-21.

Burns totaled 347 yards of offense on 64 plays, 254 by the run, 93 by the pass.

Clark was 6-for-19 for 93 yards, with one touchdown and one interception.

He also led Bronc rushing with 207 yards on 26 carries, followed by Schroeder with 43 yards on 13 runs, Alex Pyle with four yards on one carry and Austyne Zettler had four runs for zero yardage.

Through the air, both Pyle and Tyler Norris each had 38 yards on two catches apiece. Schroeder caught two passes for 17 yards.


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