It was the start of Labor Day weekend, the temperature on the field at Llano Stadium was over 100 degrees, and the music was blaring so loud we heard it before we arrived.

The Sonora Broncos (1 – 0) were outnumbered and outweighed but never gave up their determination during this game. When the 3A Division 1 Llano Yellow Jackets scored on the second play of the game, and the 3A Division 2 Sonora Broncos went three and out on their first possession, it looked like Bronco fans were in for a blowout loss. It was not to be.

Sonora won the toss and deferred. On the second play of the game, Llano quarterback Maddox Green threw a 29 yard touchdown pass to Sam Sueltenfuss. Jackson Dillard missed the PAT kick and the score at 11:17 was six to nothing.

The first Bronco drive went three and out. At the end of the first quarter, the Broncos had negative four yards of offense. The Llano radio announcer commented “Mungia has no time to pass.”

Broncos fought hard and the Jackets didn’t score again until 2:14 left in the first quarter. The second score was a touchdown reception by Carson Kurykendall. Kicker Jackson Dillard “clunked” the ball off the right goal post leaving the score at 12 to 0.

Sonora defense stopped the Jackets again and forced two punts in the second quarter. The Jackets had a long drive into the red zone for a first and goal. The Broncos kept them from scoring a touchdown and forced the field goal attempt at 6:36 left in the second quarter. It was good from 24 yards out.

Llano’s last score of the first half was another Green to Sueltenfuss touchdown with 3:47 left. The score at the half was 22 to 0.

Sonora received the second half kickoff and fumbled the ball back to the Jackets. This turned into “oh no – oh yea” moment as Fernando Gonzalez turned a Green pass into a “Pick Six.” The PAT was not successful and but score improved to 22 to 6.

Sean Mungia connected with Jackson Carroll with a touchdown.
Unfortunately, it was negated by a penalty against the Broncos. Throughout the second half of the game Mario DeLaFuente’s leg and the Bronco defense kept the Llano offense in check. DeLaFuente boomed one punt 43 yards that helped set up the second Sonora touchdown.

The Broncos got on the scoreboard with 5:29 left in the third. When pass protection broke down, Mungia put his running back cap on, scrambled to his left and ran untouched 49 yards for a Sonora touchdown.

Sonora tried for two, but the Bronco receiver was well-defended in the end zone.

DeLaFuente’s kickoff was handled by Miguel Hernandez at the nine yard line. He was initially bottled up, but broke free and returned the ball 91 yards for the fourth Llano touchdown. The PAT was no good.

The only score in the fourth quarter was another touchdown pass by Green to Sueltenfuss. Their last PAT kick was good making the final score 35 to 12.

This week, the Broncos are on the road again, this time to face the 2A Division 2 Christoval Cougars. The Cougars have defeated Wink and Grape Creek. The game starts Friday at 7 p.m. at Jack Pardee Memorial Stadium.

Last Thursday, the JV Broncos put up a good fight against the Llano JV but came up short 12 – 6. Sophomore Joey Telles caught a touchdown pass from Quinn Carroll. This Thursday, they play the Christoval JV at 6 p.m. in Bronco Stadium.

Due to a schedule change, the 7th and 8th grade Colts will play at 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. in Bronco Stadium.

STATS:
Llano passed for 238 yards and ran for 199 yards. They scored five touchdowns: four by passing and one on a 91 yard kickoff return. They were 2 for 5 on PATs and 1 for 1 on field goals.

SONORA------LLANO
48 Total Plays 55
9 First Downs 19
3 Penalties 8
35 Penalty Yards 75
25:49 Possession 22:03

Passing: Mungia completed five of 16 for 28 yards and one touchdown
Rushing: Mungia 19 carries for 66 yards and one touchdown. Jaime Buitron seven carries for 15 yards. Aidan Villanueva one carry for 12 yards. Hunter O’Banon had five carries for four yards.
Tackles: Edgar DeLuna 9 Solo, 11 Asst, Buitron 7 Solo, 1 Asst, John Lozano 6 Solo, 3 Asst, Villanueva 4 Solo, 4 Asst and one TFL.