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2022 Football Previews: Broncos looking to take next step in Year 2
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With the East Forsyth Broncos now having a full year under their belt, they are looking to have a positive result in their upcoming season.

“In year one we were trying to learn the kids, learn the coaching staff. It was a very simple process in what we were trying to do,” head coach Brian Allison said. “This time we’ve been able to be more specific in what we’ve been teaching, a little bit detail-oriented, focusing on the small things. Last year it was kind of focusing on the big things.”

In order for the Broncos to achieve their full potential, Allison wants his team to be hard-nosed football players, who can run the ball, throw the ball when needed, and have a three-and-out defensive team.

Defensive lineman Garrett Wiggins and wide receiver Brandon Peoples believe that attendance and effort were the main reasons why this year's Broncos team is different from last year.

“There’s been a lot more effort to be there and the energy,” Peoples said. "We had a couple of 7v7s and shoulder pads camps. The energy has been crazy, everyone is getting hyped and everyone is playing really hard and physical."

With the majority of his starters coming back, Allison believes that the offensive line has improved. 

The Broncos will have junior Alex Day returning to the football field. Last season, he started all 10 games, grading out at 84 percent with 59 knockdowns and just one sack given up. On defense, he made 15 tackles, including five tackles for loss.

“The offensive line has gotten much, much better, especially being able to have an offseason and get in the weight room,” Allison said. “I feel good about the progress we’ve made in the last 6-7 months, especially this summer. I think it will be a different product on the field Friday nights this fall.”

In early June, the Broncos hosted a local 7v7 tournament.

“We did some really good stuff, and we had a Forsyth County 7v7," Allison said. "We were able to compete against some of the other schools in the county. I felt like 7v7 is not equivalent to Friday night in the fall, but I feel we were able to compete in 7v7 and I like what we did.”

What to expect from the Broncos this season is a much-improved product on the field.

“I think our offense progressed a lot,” Peoples said. “It’s been different. We got a new wide receiver coach. He came in and he’s great. We’ve done a lot more studying, more thought into our routes, better with blocking plays, and the techniques have gotten a lot better. As far as plays, they extended the playbook a little, because we’re able to do a lot more this year.”

As for the defense, Wiggins said he expects big things from the unit.

“Fast, physical, tough, not giving up," the senior said. "Coming from a different school we didn’t really do stunts with the D-line, and I definitely think it will come in handy.”

East Forsyth will open the 2022 season on Aug. 26 at home against Seckinger, a new Gwinnett County school. Unlike in their debut campaign, when they weren't eligible for the postseason, the Broncos will have an opportunity to reach the Class 4A playoffs this fall.

“We had a really good offseason as far as the weight room goes and [keep] building what we did previously in spring practice and summer workouts,” Allison said. “A lot of guys have come around and done great things this summer, and we’ve seen a lot of improvement from them.”