Broncs come up one point short of pulling off the upset

JACKSON HOLE, WYO – The Jackson Broncs magical run came to an end last night on the final play of the season for the black-and-orange. A final drive ended in a final TD and 2-point conversion—both by Torrington star back Bryan Lemmon—to propel the Blazers on to the state final and send the Broncs home for the year with an 8-3 record.

The Broncs’ loss yesterday to Torrington was the very definition of heart-wrenching. Tougher for fans to accept than players. For players, it was a game that did something for student athletes not to them. It’s something sports can do for a young man or young woman. It was a character-building kind of game.

Seniors will take this one to heart wherever they go later in life. Juniors will use the bad taste for motivation to get back to the playoffs next season. No could have’s, should have’s now. The Broncs gave it their all and gave us all one heckuva ride in 2018.

Broncs Pearson Evans (#10) and Kole Morris (#6) celebrate touchdown against the Torrington Trailblazers. (Tammy Urkoski Griebel)

Jackson gave Torrington all they wanted. Jumping out to a 7-0 lead, the Broncs later blocked a Blazer PAT to take a 7-6 edge into the locker room at the half. The teams traded touchdowns in third—the difference being Torrington tacked on a 2-point conversion, trying to make up for the missed PAT earlier.

Jackson looked to have sealed the deal late in the fourth quarter with another long touchdown scamper from Jeydon Cox. The workhorse running back finished the game with well over 200 yards on more than 40 carries.

But with barely more than a minute left to play in the game, Torrington marched down the field for the winning score. Give them credit, the Blazers gambled for the win rather than settling for the tie. The 2-point conversion from Lemmon was the winning difference.

Coach David Joyce has to be pleased with the way this young team played its final game. They played a full 48 minutes. They left it all on the field.

Broncs captains put up a united front for the coin toss. This is how we rolled all season. (Tammy Urkoski Griebel)

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