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Ray and Nancy Glasscock

It was the Battle of Interstate 10 Rivals: Ozona Lions and Sonora Broncos. They met Friday night at Bronco Stadium. The two teams were meeting for the 95th time, and this time Sonora came out on top 32-20.
The Lions scored first at 8:35 in the first quarter. Logan Fay intercepted the ball and took it forty yards for the score. Herman Hernandez’s PAT kick was good for the 7 to 0 lead.

With 6:41 left in the second half, the scoreboard read Sonora 8 to Ozona 7 after junior Hunter O’Banon escaped several tackles, broke into the clear, and raced 85 yards for the Broncos first touchdown. O’Banon also got the call for the PAT and scored the two point conversion.
The first half scoring was not over for the Broncos. The Bronco defense stopped the Lions and gave Sonora the ball. Senior Jackson Carroll caught an outlet pass from quarterback Sean Mungia and ran 44 yards for Sonora’s second touchdown. Aidan Villaneuva pounded the ball into the endzone for the two point conversion. The Broncos took a 16-7 lead into the locker room.

 

With Sonora’s lead being only nine points, the question was what halftime adjustment was the Lions’ coaching staff going to make. When we asked Coach Weston how he and his coaches game planned for Ozona without any video, he said, “We saw the Lions do things in the first half on defense that we hadn’t seen them do before since they changed their defensive scheme during the off season to a 3-4. So, we used a mix of Slot T and Spread to confuse their defense.”

The Lions drew closer at the 7:25 mark of the third quarter. After Mario De La Fuente missed a pass that barely touched his outstretched hands, he punted to the Lions’ five yard line. The Lions special teams set up a wall for speedy Lane Smith. Smith returned the punt 95 yards for their second touchdown. Hernandez’s PAT kick was good. The score was now 16 – 14.

At 1:16 left in the third quarter, the Broncos had a play right in front of our cameras. The Lions were backed up deep in their end of the field. Backup Lion quarterback Childress tossed a lateral to Carlos Cantu. Cantu didn’t handle the toss. Senior Fernando Gonzalez scooped up the ball and sprinted into the endzone for the Broncos. After the successful two point conversion by Giovanni Gamez, the third Bronco touchdown made the score 24 – 14.
The Lions responded early in the fourth quarter with a touchdown reception. They missed the PAT kick, and the score was 24 to 20 with 10:54 left in the game.

With time running out, the Lions were driving for the go ahead touchdown. Their drive ended when Jaime Buitron intercepted and returned the pigskin over 50 yards for the insurance touchdown. O’Banon made the two point conversion, and the final score was 32 to 20.
In JV action last Thursday in Ozona, the JV Broncos defeated the JV Lions 42 to 0. This Thursday, the JV plays at home against the Llano JV Yellow Jackets at five PM.

This Friday, the 1 – 0 Broncos travel to Llano to play the 3A – Division I Yellow Jackets. Last Thursday, the 4A Division II Gatesville Hornets defeated Llano 27 to 7.

Sonora Stats:
Total offense 387 yards 
Passing: Mungia 85 yards on 6 of 11 attempts
Rushing 248 yards on 44 carries
Leading rushers: O’Banon 21/164, Buitron 6/84, Mungia 8/27
Receiving: Carroll 2/54, Jonah Galvan 1/22, Gonzalez 1/14, O’Banon 2/4
Tackles: Edgar DeLuna 7 solo - 6 asst, Buitron 4 solo - 3 asst, John Lozano 4 solo – 3 asst, Ivan Fuentes 4 solo-1 asst, Villanueva 3 solo -5 asst
Fumble recovered: Gonzalez 1
Interceptions: Buitron 1, Carroll 1
Penalties: 3/45
Time of possession: Ozona 16:56 Sonora 30:21