Holly Pond Broncos:
Coach: Mike Bates
Record at Holly Pond: 14-38 (6th year)
2017 record: 7-4 (3-3 in 3A, R 5)
2018: Holly Pond is in 3A, R 5 with Midfield, Hanceville, Fultondale, J.B. Pennington, Locust Fork, Vinemont.
Key personnel returning: QB Kyler Chaney, RB Jeremiah Holmes, DB Brody Rowell, WR Alex Corneglio, TE Gabe Fortner, OLB Jesse Day, LB Issac Ludwig, RB Levi Boatright, G Riley Gillilan.
Outlook: Striving for three consecutive winning seasons is the goal for the Broncos in 2018. Holly Pond returns a tremendous leader in Chaney and the rest of the unit follows his lead.
The Broncos have gone 13-7 in the last 20 regular season games, climbing tremendously from a 1-29 record between 2013 to 2015.
Playing a West Point squad to a 21-21 tie in the spring game allowed the Broncos to show an effort against a stout county foe.
Holly Pond sees a majority of opponents from Region 5 remain in this lineup from the past two years. A newcomer that will present challenges to many will be Midfield, from the Birmingham area.
Fultondale and J.B. Pennington were solid in 2017 and expectations remain that way for the upcoming season.
Trying to keep Mike Bates' Broncos from having additional success in the region will be Hanceville, Vinemont and Locust Fork.
Outside the region, the Broncos resume their rivalries with New Hope on opening night while Ider comes on the schedule for the first time.
The Broncos end September with a game at Thomas-Michelfelder Field vs. Danville. These two tangle for the first time since 2007. It will be the 58th meeting for the Broncos in their war with Fairview. Holly Pond came through in 2017 to end 10 consecutive victories by their rivals on the East side.
Now the Broncos look for consecutive wins against the Aggies for the first time since 2004 when they earned three straight in this confrontation.
Photos of Holly Pond practice August 14. Photos by Johnny Thornton