The Sonora varsity football team defeated the Lamesa Tornadoes with an impressive 40-17 win Friday, September 7, 2018 at Bronco Stadium.

With sights set on two for two, the Broncos were hopeful for a win on their home turf and odds remained in their favor when the rain paused long enough to complete all four quarters.

Head Coach Jeff Cordell said he was pleased with the Broncos’ effort against the Tors and even happier that the weather cooperated long enough to get the game in.

“Despite the small delay due to lightning, our offense came out clicking and our defense was stellar in the first half,” Cordell said. “We weren’t as sharp in the 2nd half, something that we must improve on. However, anytime you can get a win, especially against a bigger school, it’s always good. I was really worried about how big and physical the Tors looked on film. I think our kiddos set the tone of the game early with our play on both sides of the ball.”

Brian Van Winkle, QB, threw for 281 yards and five touchdowns to lead the Class 3A Sonora Broncos to a decisive win over 4A Lamesa. Although he completed only 14 of his 29 passes, Van Winkle averaged a little more than 20 yards per completion.

A quick start and solid scoring in the first half of the game gave Sonora a 34-3 advantage as both teams headed to the locker room at the half.

Within minutes of the kickoff, Brock Aschenbeck had Bronco fans cheering when he found paydirt putting the Broncos on the scoreboard.

Wesley Dutton and Willie B. Munoz were also fast on their feet crossing the end zone twice before the end of the fourth quarter.

Dutton had six catches for 176 yards, two TDs and five carries for 72 yards while Munoz had two catches for 74 yards and two TDs of his own.

JR Velasquez led Sonora’s ground game with 14 carries for 128 yards.

The Broncos defense was steadfast throughout the night, holding the Tors to only 2 TDs and a field goal – not enough to stop Sonora from taking the win.

Aside for their hard work on the field, the Broncos amassed penalties costing them in yards – something that may not be to their advantage as the season progresses.

Cordell said he thinks his team had “too many” penalties in the game against Lamesa and it is something they will need to correct going forward.

Nonetheless, the Broncos proved to be the better ball club in Friday’s game against the Tors, won their home opener and moved to 2-0 on the season. Lamesa fell 1-1.

The Sonora junior varsity football team also won their home game against the Lamesa Golden Tors 36-14 this past Thursday, September 6, in Mason.

Next, the Sonora varsity football team will travel to Mason this Friday, September 14, 2018, to play the Punchers at R. Clinton Schulze Stadium, Puncher Dome in Mason. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

The JV team will match up against the Punchers at home Thursday, September 13, at 6:00 p.m. at Bronco Stadium.

Bronco Nation fans are encouraged to come out and show their support for the players.