BY NANCY GLASSCOCK

The Sonora Broncos have played in many Bi-District football games. For Odessa Compass Academy Cougars, a charter school established four years ago, this was their first football playoff game after the Cougars forfeited due to COVID last year. Compass (1-9, 1-3) was the fourth place team in District 1-3A. The Broncos put on an offensive and defensive performance with complimentary light shows in San Angelo Stadium last Thursday night defeating Compass 79-8 - the second most points of all time. This was the first Bronco football playoff victory since 2017.

The scoring began when Gage Owen blocked a punt and it was recovered in the end zone by Jackson Carroll. This was just the beginning for Carroll who next caught a Jaime Buitron pass for a 42 yard TD. Later in the first quarter, Carroll fielded a Compass’ punt and took it back 55 yards for the third Bronco touchdown. Instead of going for two, Coach Weston sent out sophomore kicker, Dailen Luna for his first of nine good PAT kicks.

In the second quarter, the Broncos’ special teams introduced freshman Aaron Martinez to the playoff game to make the kickoffs. Sean Mungia ran for an eight yard touchdown two minutes into the second quarter. Buitron then completed a 14 yard TD pass to Owen Jones and Hunter O’Banon weaved his way to the end zone for a 51 yard score. To finish the first half of scoring, Buitron called his own number and carried the ball 50 yards for the seventh Bronco touchdown. At the half, the score was Sonora 51 Compass 0.

In the second half, Sonora added four more touchdowns – three by the offense and one by the defense. Gio Gamez scored on a three yard run, Quinn Carroll and Eli Pruneda scored on 22 and four yard runs. For the defense, Jonah Galvan picked off a Cougar pass and took it to the house 50 yards.

Compass got on the scoreboard with time expiring with a 30 yard touchdown pass. The Cougars’ two point pass play was also good to end the game.
The Broncos (7-4, 4-1) move on to the Area Round football playoff game. Sonora and the Canadian Wildcats (8-3, 4-2) will meet on Friday November 19, 2021 at 7 p.m. at Tiger Stadium in Slaton.

The Broncos are the home team. This will be the fifth time Sonora and Canadian have met on the gridiron. Canadian entered the playoffs as the District 3-3A runner-up after losing to Tulia and district champion Childress.

SCORES BY QTR
Compass 0-0-0-8= 8
Sonora 23-28-14-14= 79

TEAM STATS
Odessa/ Sonora
First downs 6/ 19
Rushes-yds 35-86/ 28-485
Passing yds 180/ 144
Comp-att-int 8-32-3/10-11-0
Fumbles-lost 2-0/ 1-1
Penalties-yds 4-35/ 7-55

INDIVIDUAL STATS
Rushing- O’Banon 4-98-1, Buitron 3-73-1, Gamez 3-3-1, Ford 2-27, Q. Carroll 1-22-1, Sanchez 7-58, Mungia 2-20-1, Pruneda 1-6-1

Passing- Buitron 10-11-0 for 140.

Receiving- J.Carroll 1-42-1, Mungia 3-24, Jones 1-14-1, Flanagan 1-19, Griffith 1-23, O’Banon 1-11, Gonzalez 1-11