Plainsmen Over-match by Broncs in 2020 Season Debut
The Sheridan Broncs scored on their first three possessions and rolled past the Laramie Plainsmen, 42-10, Friday in Sheridan in the 2020 opener for both teams.
Sheridan (1-0) jumped out to a 21-0 lead. The Broncs got touchdown runs of 1-yard by Izak Aksamit, 51-yards from Zach Koltiska, and 5-yards from Brock Steel.
A touchdown late in the first half after a field goal by Laramie gave the momentum back to Sheridan. The Broncs scored on their second drive of the second half for a 35-3 lead. They added another TD in the fourth quarter.
Laramie (0-1) scored on a career-long 46-yard field goal by David Tangeman in the second quarter. Colter Nunn added a late TD run for the final margin.
Plainsmen head coach Clint Reed knew his team got behind quickly.
“David (Tangeman) made a nice field goal with us. I thought if we could hold ‘em, you know, maybe get the ball back at the start of the second half (and gain some momentum), but we buckled and let in another score there (before halftime). The first couple of drives kind of set the tone.”
Laramie was out-gained by Sheridan, 455-to-194, in total offensive yards. The Broncs rushed for 316 yards and five TDs. Aksamit ran for 97 yards and two touchdowns. Koltiska added a TD pass.
Nunn ran for 68 yards on 18 carries and finished with 20 defensive points. Jake Vigen went 10-17 passing for 108 yards. Gavin Kopp added a sack defensively for LHS.
The game had zero turnovers.
Reed added, “Upfront, technically, we were making some mistakes. They (Sheridan) were slanting a little bit. We were putting ourselves in the wrong positions, hats on the wrong side of guys, and guys were slipping across our face. The guys were trying hard, working hard, excited about, but technically, we’re making some mistakes in our assignments.”
Reed is thankful that’s an issue they can correct after watching film and working on it in practice.
He said defensively, I felt, “We were high with our tackling. We didn’t get our pad level down. (We) didn’t rally to the ball as much as I would’ve liked.”
Reed mentioned the size and strength of Sheridan and without going low to tackle, they didn’t bring Bronc runners down.
He believes they’ve got good leadership on the team but they’ll find out quickly about this group.
“The character and measure of this team, the character, and measure of us coaches, (will be tested). We’ll keep our chins high and see where we’re at 4 o’clock on Monday.”
Laramie has their home opener Friday, Sept. 4 against Campbell County. It will be Senior Night for the Plainsmen. The game will start at 6 p.m. from Deti Stadium.