Last Friday, September 17, 2021, was the homecoming game and it held lots of fast paced action in the 32nd game between Alpine and Sonora.

Several Broncos who played in the 2000 Football State Championship game were at the stadium celebrating their 20th high school reunion. Everyone at Bronco Stadium got to witness the scoreboard lighting up for 61 total points with Sonora defeating Alpine 42 –19.

Sonora got on the scoreboard on their first play from scrimmage. Jackson Carroll took the ball, untouched, down the home sideline for a 71 yard touchdown run. Mario De La Fuente’s PAT kick was good and Sonora led 7 to 0 with 10:55 left in the first quarter.

Alpine responded with a short touchdown pass by Jeremy Dominguez to Ylan Hernandez. Dom Fierro’s kick was good. The score was tied at seven until Sonora’s sophomore quarterback, Jaime Buitron scored on a four yard run. De La Fuente’s kick was blocked. At the end of the quarter, Broncos led 13 –7.
Sonora pulled away in the second quarter with long touchdown runs by Sean Mungia and Buitron for 73 and 52 yards respectively. Hunter O’Banon and Aidan Villanueva’s two point conversions were good.

Right after Mungia and before Buitron’s runs, we had another “Oh boy” followed by an, “Oh no” moment. The Buck’s defense had stopped the Broncos and forced a punt. De La Fuente got off a punt of over 40 yards that rolled dead at the Buck’s two yard line. “Oh boy!”

Then on the first play from scrimmage, Dominguez broke through the Bronco’s defensive line and ran for a 98 yard touchdown. “Oh no!”

As the first half was coming to close with the score with the score at 29 to 13 in Sonora’s favor, the KHOS announcers commented that the Broncos needed to finish the first half on a high note since the Bucks would be receiving the second half kickoff. Buitron hit De La Fuente with a 24 yard pass setting up a first and goal. As the time on the clock clicked down to nine seconds left, Carroll made a leaping catch for a Buitron pass for a touchdown. The half ended on a 35 to 13 point high note.

The Broncos scored once more on seven yard touchdown run and De La Fuente kicked the PAT to make the third quarter score 42 to 13. In the fourth quarter, Alpine’s Shaun Foster caught a touchdown pass. Sonora is now 2-2 in non district.
The Broncos had 14 first downs with 101 yards passing and 287 yards rushing.
Passing: Buitron was 6 out of 11 for 101 yards and one touchdown.
Rushing: Mungia had 78 yards on 3 carries and one touchdown. Carroll had one carry for 71 yards. O’Banon had 10 carries for 55 yards and one touchdown. Buitron had 12 touches for 49 yards and two touchdowns.
Receiving: Carroll had four receptions for 58 yards and a touchdown while De La Fuente had one catch for 24 yards.
Punting: De La Fuente punted five times for a 36.8 yard average.
Tackles: Edgar DeLuna was the leading tackler with 6 solo and 6 assists and 2 TFL.

After the game was over, I reminded Coach Blake Weston about a conversation we had at the beginning of the week. After the disappointing loss to Christoval, Coach Weston told me that he and his staff were going to make some adjustments. When I asked him how he felt about the decisions made, he replied, “I think they turned out pretty well. We made lots of changes in the (offensive) back field, the lines, and receivers. They learned their new positions in only week of practice.”

Last Thursday, the JV Broncos travelled to Alpine and defeated the JV Fighting Bucks 28 – 14. While the JV was in Alpine, the Colts were at Bronco Stadium. The 7th grade Colts dominated the 7th grade Bucks 40 - 0. The 8th grade Colts lost 48 – 28. Justin Gonzalez had two of the four Colt touchdowns.

This week, we will have another sub varsity Triple Header at Bronco Stadium. Both Colts teams and the JV Broncos will play starting at 5, 6, and 7 P.M..
The Broncos (2 -2) play their last non district game in Eldorado on Friday night. The Eagles (3 –0) were ranked 10th in last week’s Class 2A – Division 2 rankings. Last Friday, the Eagles defeated the Wink Wildcats 72–38 in Wink to remain undefeated. Game time Friday is at 7:30 PM.