Broncos hope to bounce back

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers

FLOYD — They practice. And they run. And they practice. And they run.

The Floyd Broncos are doing a lot of practice, and a lot of running when they don’t practice right.

They practice and run, all while looking for a way out of the District 3-1A basement, which is where they figure many have them sitting.

It’s a long way up for the Broncos, who graduated more than half of last year’s squad and have just two seniors on this year’s squad.

Senior Brad Lee said the Broncos still have decent team speed and good three point shooters (“Not me,” he said right afterward) but the rest of 3-1A will be tough.

“They’re all strong,” Lee said of the district. “Elida was young, but they’re all experienced now. Dora’s got a lot of guys and (Tyler) Wilhoit is tough to handle. Fort Sumner’s always dangerous and we know about Melrose’s speed.”

Bronco coach Rafael Roybal’s thoughts were pretty much in line with Lee’s, but he was just as concerned with what the Broncos weren’t doing well before their Friday scrimmage at Hagerman.

Currently, he’s expecting a young Bronco team to turn the ball over a lot early.

“We don’t value the basketball very much,” Roybal said. “We don’t see the value of protecting it. I’m hoping that changes.”
One thing hasn’t changed for the Broncos since the six-man season. The team will pretty much be reliant on Lee and fellow senior Kyle Kropf and junior Jason Martinez.

“I don’t know if it is different (from football),” Roybal said. “If we lose one of those three kids it will be tough to replace them.”

The Broncos do have one thing on their side — plenty of practice time. After the scrimmage, the boys have a home game against Clovis Christian Tuesday and won’t play again until Dec. 6.

Floyd isn’t scheduled to see any district foes until the Eastern Plains Athletic Conference tournament in the first week of January, and until then they’ll be working to see if they can exceed expectations.

“The only thing we can do is work hard,” Roybal said. “There’s enough talent there. If we work hard and play good solid defense we will be able to move up.”