The Holly varsity football team had lost five games in a row and scored just 26 points in its six contests entering Friday night’s seventh game against Swartz Creek.
The Bronchos turned that trend around against the Dragons, earning a dominating 37-7 victory Friday night at Swartz Creek High School.
“The win is huge,” Holly varsity football coach Dallas Lesperance said. “The guys are starting to believe in what we are doing. This was great for the guys. They worked hard and I’m proud of them.”
The Bronchos scored two first-quarter TDs and took control of the game quickly. Logan Spencer scored the first one on a 12-yard run. Ben Gramer made the first of his five extra-points, giving the Bronchos a 7-0 lead. The second one came on Kolten Steele’s eight-yard TD run. Holly led 14-0.
Steele had a big game, scoring three TDs. His second one came on a two-yard run, making it a 21-0 Holly lead. In the third quarter, Ryan Morgan completed a pass to Christian Sells, setting up Steele’s two-yard TD run.
The Bronchos’ biggest TD run was provided by Jacob Hild when he scored on a 30-yard run. Holly led 35-7 at that time. Finally, Holly scored two more points with a safety.
“The guys who are here believe in what we are doing,” Lesperance said. “A perfect example came during the game. It was getting sloppy with a lot of penalties but the kids said they were going to play it our way and keep it clean. … That’s what we teach.”
The contest was clearly Holly’s best on offense. The Bronchos scored more points against the Dragons than they had the first six weeks combined.
“We’ve struggled with some things with our execution,” Lesperance said. “Last week we had plenty of opportunities against Kearsley. We dropped six balls and each time the catch would’ve at least had a first down to keep a drive going. … Tonight we didn’t have that many problems and turnovers have been key. We only had one turnover (tonight).”
The Bronchos (2-5) return to action with a road game at Owosso, Friday at 7 p.m.