SHERIDAN — The Sheridan Broncs went into Saturday’s game against Cheyenne East wanting to make a statement and they did, defeating the Thunderbirds in a 7-1 blowout.
In the first half of the game the Broncs allowed East to stay within striking distance. The teams went into halftime with the Broncs up 2-1. But the Broncs switched gears and dominated the field in the second half.
“When the boys decided to play, they were all over East,” head coach Kevin Rizer said.
Right away as the Broncs started the second half Nick Estes assisted Nick Gill with a goal, giving the Broncs a 3-1 lead.
With 26:45 minutes left Colter Carzoli got a fast break, adding another goal to the Broncs’ tally. Before long, the Broncs were leading 5-1.
Rizer was able to substitute in his younger players in the middle of the second half to give them some experience on the field.
During a play in East’s box, Jackson Hanify and East player Conor Vanausdall collided. Vanausdall injured his knee, but Rizer showed sportsmanship and helped East’s coach carry Vanausdall off the field.
Bronc Seth Phillips had a tremendous assist to Dalton Legerski with 17 minutes left to play. Phillips brought the ball up on the right side of the field drawing East’s keeper to defend him. As the keeper came forward, Phillips quickly passed the ball to Legerski. East’s keeper could not recover fast enough to keep the Broncs from scoring again.
“We still have a lot of work to do,” Rizer said. “The boys need to continue to work on what we do and put their stamp on the game.”
The Sheridan Broncs will host their final game against the rival Gillette Camels at 4 p.m. Friday at Homer Scott field . The team will recognize their seniors right after their game, before the start of the Lady Broncs’ game.