“It was huge,” Broncos co-owner Jimmy Melton told Developmental Football USA. “The first time we played them this year got called a no contest because the referee walked off the field. It’s an inner city rivalry, same league, fighting for the same division. It was huge. A lot of emotion goes into this game every year. It was like a physical war for four quarters.”
Wide receiver Aaron Bulls was nominated for OFL Player of the Week following his five catches for 166 yards performance, which included the 60-yard go ahead touchdown.
“There were several people that led the way,” Melton said. “Our defense held up pretty well.”
There’s a highlight floating around of another one of the Broncos’ talented receivers, Deron Brown.
“My wide receiver took on three defenders,” Melton said. “It looked like he should have been down twice, but took it for a seven-yard touchdown.”
This weekend, the Broncos come in as heavy favorites against the Ohio Gladiators. Then, next weekend, the Broncos get to wrap up their unfinished business against the Silverbacks from the game that was ruled no contest.
They will literally pick up right where they left off, with the score 0-0, with 7:55 left in the third quarter.
“It’s literally a war,” Melton said. “It doesn’t matter what the records are. It’s kind of like an Ohio State-Michigan game. When these two teams face each other, it’s a war. We’re 3-0 against them right now, but I’m pretty sure every game has been decided by three points or less.”
In addition to the rivalry, this quarter and a half will also have major playoff implications.
“If you look at the top four, the winner of us and the Silverbacks get No. 1,” Melton said. “The other gets No. 4. Also, you have the Strabane Spartans. Then, this year the Western Missouri Scourge came back. They won the OFL Championship two years ago. They’re back and they’ve only got one loss on their record. Any one of us can come out of the East and represent the East in the OFL Championship Game.”
In the West, the Jackson County Patriots lead the way at 8-0 on the year. In the playoff picture, they’re joined by some other familiar names.
“They’ve made a huge come up and they’ve come a long ways over the last few years,” Melton said. “The Ohio Crush, the defending champions, only have one loss. The Kings Comets have been around for years. This is their first year in the OFL. They have two games against the Ohio Crush left to determine the division champs in their bracket.”
For now, the Broncos have to put the playoffs aside and finish out these next 5 ½ quarters, beginning Saturday versus the Gladiators.
“We’ve beat these guys in two games by a combined score of 96-0,” Melton said. “We beat them up pretty bad the last two times we played them. They’re a young team and they’ve grown a lot this season. If we win the division, this is the first team we’ll play in the playoffs.”
Every team out there wants to win a championship and that’s the goal for the Broncos as well, but they know they’ll have their work cut out for them.
“We need to work on our mentality,” Melton said. “I’ve been preaching to my guys all year. Our coaching staff has been preaching to the guys all year: our mentality has to be better. We’ve been preaching that our guys are better, but we haven’t carried it over onto the field.”