In possibly their best game this season, the Broncos varsity football team found their grid and claimed an impressive 58-21 victory over the Johnson City Eagles this past Friday, November 1, at Bronco Stadium.

Friday marked Sonora’s last home game this season for the Sonora Broncos and the recognition of seniors as they look to complete their academic years at Sonora ISD.

Head Coach Kevin Sherrill said the win over Johnson City was a positive for the Broncos. He commended his players for their efforts, but said they will need to continue to work hard in the upcoming weeks.

“Well, we are in the playoffs,” Sherrill said. “That’s a good thing. This win gets us back on track.”

Presently, the Broncos are in the fourth place slot. A win this Friday could change that to the third-place ranking.

Sherrill said he is confident that his players can achieve a win over Brady as long as they stay focused and remain consistent on the field.
“If we play like we did this past Friday, we can beat Brady,” Sherrill said.

As soon as the first whistle blew Friday, the Broncos demonstrated their ability to perform as a team both offensively and defensively and execute plays that kept the crowd in their seats as well as on their feet until the final buzzer sounded.

It was also a good night on the field for a couple of seniors. Wilson Johnson and Oscar Gutierrez lead the Broncos in scoring. Together the two racked up 422 of the total 560 offensive points. Both had a hand in the defense as well.

The Broncos were quick to light up the score board just minutes after the start of the game when Johnson ran the ball 81 yards to find paydirt at the 10:03 mark on the clock. The kick by Josh O’Banon was good and the Broncos took the lead 7-0.

A minute later, Junior Preston Gonzalez intercepted a pass by Eagles Quarterback Wyatt Tumlinson and sprinted to the endzone for another Broncos TD at the 9:04 mark in the first quarter. Johnson added 2 points to notch the score 15-0 for the Broncos.

Another interception by the Broncos, this time Johnson, resulted in another TD at the 3:58 mark.

In an exciting first quarter finale, Johnson found paydirt for the third time on a 52-yard run with just 44 seconds left on the clock. Sonora lead 29-0 as the players switched sides of the field for the second stanza.

It didn’t take long for Senior Oscar Gutierrez to find his footing and drive the ball across the endzone 6 yards at the 9:33 mark in the second quarter to push the Broncos further ahead of the Eagles 36-0.

Gutierrez struck gold again with 5:31 left in the second quarter and Johnson got the two-point conversion giving the Broncos a 44-0 advantage over Johnson City.

On the reception, the Eagles had some luck keeping the ball and Langdon Odiorne finally put Johnson City on the scoreboard late in the second quarter with 5 yards run at the 2:09 mark on the game clock.

The half time score was 44-7 in favor of Sonora as the teams headed to the locker room.

The third quarter was quiet with the exception of a last minute score by Aldo DeLuna on a pass from Gonzalez at the 1:29 mark.

The scoreboard showed 51 Broncos and 7 Eagles as the teams changed sides of the field for the final quarter.

In the fourth quarter, Gutierrez got the crowd on their feet again when he took off on a 62 yards sprint to the endzone and his third touchdown for the night. An extra point by O’Banon notched the score to 58 for Sonora and 7 for Johnson City.

The Eagles Logan Ledger answered with a 68-yard touchdown run of his own at the 5:42 mark on the clock. Seconds later, Ledger took another one to the house at the 5:27 mark for another six points. Tumlinson’s kick was good.

The Broncos went on to take the win 58-21 over the Johnson City Eagles and fourth place in the playoff rankings.

Johnson finished the night with a personal 258 yards on 19 attempts and average of 13.6. Gutierrez completed a personal 164 yards on 14 attempts and 11.7 average.

As for the defense. Johnson had two tackles and one assist. Nine other Broncos helped in limiting the Eagles offense.

Kevin Ramos lead the Broncos’ defense with four tackles. Alex Nino, DeLuna, Davien Vasquez, Gavin Boggs, Manuel Fuentes, Gutierrez, Gonzalez also contributed to Sonora’s success in Friday’s game.

Up next the Broncos will be on the road for their final district game this Friday, November 8, when they travel to Brady to play the Bulldogs
Currently Brady holds the number 2 slot with a 3-1 District record on the season.

The Broncos stand to move up in their standing to third place if they defeat Brady.

So far this season, Sonora has not performed as well in their away games. Nonetheless, Sherrill said he is confident in his team and coaches and the Broncos are capable of another win.

“We have to take our game on the road,” Sherrill said. “The bulldogs are a great team with decent speed. But if we play like we did this past Friday we can beat them.”

Game time is set for 7:30 p.m. at Bulldog Stadium in Brady. Everyone is encouraged to make the trip and show their support for the Broncos.

 

SCORE BY QUARTER

SONORA              29-15-07-07=58
JOHNSON            00-07-00-14=21

FIRST QUARTER
SONORA — Wilson Johnson, 81 yd run, Kick Good, 10:03
SONORA — Preston Gonzalez,  2 pt. Conversion, 9:04
SONORA — Wilson Johnson, Kick Good, 3:58
SONORA — Wilson Johnson, 52 yd run, Kick Good, 0:44

SECOND QUARTER 
SONORA — Oscar Gutierrez, 6 yd run, Kick Failed, 9:33
SONORA — Wilson Johnson 2 pt. Conversion, 5:31
JOHNSON — Langdon Odiorne 5 yd run on pass from Wyatt Tumlinson, Kick Good, 2:09

THIRD QUARTER
SONORA —Aldo DeLuna 8 yd run, Kick Good, 1:29

FOURTH QUARTER
SONORA — Oscar Gutierrez 62 yd run, Kick Good, 7:27
JOHNSON — Logan Ledger 68 yd run on pass from Wyatt Tumlinson, Kick Good, 5:42
JOHNSON — Logan Ledger 40 yd run on pass from Wyatt Tumlinson, Kick Good, 5:27

INDIVIDUAL STATS
RUSHING: 
SONORA – Wilson Johnson 19-258, Oscar Gutierrez 14-164, Gavin Boggs 10-63, Aldo DeLuna 5-22, Ethan Hamm 2-15
JOHNSON – Cooper Schnitz 4-22, Logan Ledger 2- (-11)
Wyatt Tumlinson 4- (-23)

PASSING:
SONORA – Preston Gonzalez 2-3 for 34, Aldo DeLuna 1-2 for 4
JOHNSON – Wyatt Tumlinson 18-36 for 241

RECEIVING: 
SONORA – Oscar Gutierrez 1-26, Aldo DeLuna 1-8, Davien Vasquez 1-4
JOHNSON – Logan Ledger 6-140, Langdon Odiorne 5-39, Cooper Schnitz 3-36, Cash Pearce 2-22, Garret Hall 1-7, Keen Linson 1- (-3)