The Lakin Broncs (3-0), who have been used to close finishes this season, were finally able to win a game that didn't finish at the wire as they defeated the Elkhart Wildcats (2-1), 34-18 Friday night in Lakin.
Both teams entered the game 2-0.
“It sure felt like a nail-bitter,” said Lakin head coach Chris Bamburger of the game on Friday. “Elkhart is a good, tough team who can score in chunks, and we played the best we could until the final whistle.”
Although Elkhart is known as a high scoring team, the Wildcats were averaging 31 points per game, it was the Broncs who were scoring in bunches on Friday.
Lakin got off to a quick start on Friday as they scored 22 points in the first quarter. Senior Dawsen Shalberg started the scoring for Lakin as he took the opening kickoff 91 yards for a TD. The following two-point conversion was successful and gave the Broncs an early 8-0 lead.
The Wildcats tried to tie things up after a 4-yard Lane Whisennand touchdown run, but after the unsuccessful two-point attempt, the Broncs never relinquished the lead and scored 14 more points before closing out the quarter.
“We came out hot,” said Bamberger of his team’s early performance. “But it did turn into a back-and-forth game.”
Lakin’s defense, which has been the team’s strength this season, got off to a strong start only allowing six points in the first quarter. The defense did get a bit shaky in the middle quarters, allowing 12 points, but closed things off strong by shutting out Elkhart in the final quarter.
Even after the 3-0 start, Bamburger knows his team has to work on a few things to continue to get better.
“We need to be more consistent up front on our O-line and we need to fix up some of our mental errors that we tend to have," Bamberger said.”
The Broncs will try to continue to keep their undefeated season alive as they will travel to Sublette to take on the Larks Friday.