Driving into Coahoma on Friday, September 2nd, I saw a sign that touted the Coahoma Bulldogs as Big Red. The Bulldogs came out dressed out in deep red and white uniforms. They had a mission to win this game after the stinging defeat last Friday to our fellow district opponent the Forsan Buffaloes 21-13. Win it, they did by a score of 31-27.

Although the Broncos had five turnovers, the defense and Jaime Buitron and Hunter O’Banon’s – 151 and 77 yards rushing respectively kept the game close. Unfortunately, with time running out in the fourth quarter, Sonora’s offense had two consecutive false starts. With the ball on the Bronco 46 yard line and the clock reading 1:36 left in the game, it was 4th and eleven when Buitron threw a pass over the middle that a Bulldog safety picked off and sealed the home team’s victory.

The Bulldogs won the toss and deferred. Buitron failed to handle a bad snap in the Broncos’ opening series. Coahoma recovered the ball, but the Bronco defense made a great goal line stand to deny a score. At 7:54, Buitron launched a deep pass into the hands of the speedy O’Banon in stride for an exciting 65 yard touchdown. Dailen Luna’s first PAT kick was good.

The Bulldogs tied the score two minutes later on a scoop and score when a Bulldog corner blew up the option pitch to O’Banon. The second Bulldog score resulted after the ball was knocked out of Buitron’s hands as he was leaping over a downed lineman. Coahoma scored on a two yard run by their running back. At the end of the first quarter, the Bulldogs led 14-7.

Four minutes into the second quarter, Buitron scored on a two-yard run. Luna’s kick tied it up. With time winding down in the first half, Coahoma executed a two minute drill of sideline passes to move the ball into field goal range. As the clock approached all zeros, the Bulldog kicker nailed a 35 yard field goal. The teams went to the locker rooms with the halftime score 17-14 Coahoma.

A little over halfway through the third quarter, the Bulldogs’ junior quarterback hit a wide open receiver for a 39 yard touchdown. Coahoma now had a ten point lead.

Sonora responded three minutes later with an eleven yard Buitron TD. Luna’s third PAT kick was good. Two minutes later the Broncos scored again on a 58 yard Buitron touchdown, but Luna’s kick was wide right. After three quarters, the Broncos led 27-24.

The final score in the game was the freshman quarterback’s pass to a Bulldog receiver for a 38 yard touchdown. The kick was good and made the final Coahoma 31 Sonora 27.

This Friday night, the 1-1 Eldorado Eagles come to Bronco Stadium for 7 on 7 Appreciation Night.