PREP FOOTBALL: Holly Pond drops season opener on the road

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: Holly Pond opened the season Friday night with a 44-30 road loss against New Hope. (Doug Bates for The Cullman Tribune)

NEW HOPE, Ala. — The Holly Pond Broncos traveled to the New Hope Indians Friday night for their first game of the 2019 season and after a 30-minute lightning delay, the teams took the field. New Hope received the kickoff at their own 29.  On the first play from scrimmage, New Hope halfback, Beebe, took the ball 71 yards for a touchdown to give the Indians an early lead with less than 12 seconds off the clock.

Holly Pond came back with a drive of their own. Starting on their 29-yard line, they drove the ball out to the 50-yard line where Bronco’s halfback Kadin Suryono took over from there and sprinted 50 yards to put the Broncos on the board.

The first half saw a strong Bronco running game featuring quarterback Kyler Chaney, along with halfbacks Levi Boatright and Suryono. Holly Pond seemed to be in command at halftime with a 22-10 lead, but the Indians were able to find some offense in the second half.

Holly Pond looked to continue its success on the ground at the start of the third quarter. Starting on their own 47, they drove the ball to the New Hope 33-yard line before fumbling away the ball. New Hope took over and drove the ball down for another touchdown to cut into the lead early in the second half.

Trailing by five, New Hope recovered another Bronco fumble on the Bronco 37. Beebe led the Indians to another touchdown on the ground, giving the Indians their first lead since their opening possession at 23-22.

Holly Pond again found its ground game and regained the lead in the 4th quarter at 30-23 but from there it was all Indians. New Hope ran off 21 unanswered points, all off Bronco turnovers. The game ended with the Indians sitting at the Broncos’ 3-yard line after a failed 4th down attempt from the Broncos, sending Holly Pond home with a 44-30 loss to open the season.

The Broncos will look to bounce back next Friday for their home opener against Ider.

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