The Sonora Broncos picked up their second consecutive win of the season this past Friday night in the District 2-3A Div. II opener, October 9, at Broncos Stadium.

The Broncos defeated the Ingram Moore Warriors 28-13.

Coming into Friday’s match, the Broncos had only one win so far this season. Ingram was undefeated 5-0.

Head Coach Kevin Sherrill said Friday’s win was the result of hard work and marked improvement for the Broncos.

“It was a good win,” Sherrill said. “We are improving each week. I see us as a team that has had to overcome a lot of adversity, and now, we are starting to gel and come together as a family. We continue to work hard each week. We want to be in better shape than our opponents so that we can wear them down in the second half.”

And that appears to be to be the case for the Broncos.

Allowing Ingram to score in the first quarter, the Broncos took charge of the game without wavering.

Sonora held Ingram scoreless in the second and third quarters and scored once in each quarter to secure the victory.

Leading the Broncos offense, Hunter O’Banon rushed for 104 yards on 10 carries. He had 2 TD runs of 55 and 28 yards.

Assisting the offense, Preston Gonzalez rushed 15 times for 75 yards and a TD, along with two PAT runs, while Nate Gensler also added a TD for the Broncos.

The Warriors were first to put points on the scoreboard. Ingram’s Tim Leatherman carried the ball across the goal line on a 45 yard run in the first quarter.

But, the Warriors quickly lost their advantage when Sonora’s Hunter O’Banon answered with a touchdown for the Broncos, less than a minute later. O’Banon also wrapped up the scoring with a 28 yard run touchdown in the fourth quarter.

While Ingram held a one point lead, 7-6, over Sonora into the second quarter, they wouldn’t find paydirt again until the final quarter.

The Broncos would go on to score again in each quarter.

Nate Gensler was next to drive the ball over the goal line at the 2:55 mark on the clock in the second quarter. The score pushed the Broncos 12-7 over the Ingram Warriors. That is where they left things as the teams headed to the locker room at the end of the first half of the game.

Sonora held Ingram scoreless again in the third quarter while Preston Gonzalez nailed down the Broncos’ advantage with another touchdown and a two-point conversion run at the 4:50 mark on the clock in the third quarter.

The Broncos took a healthy 20-7 lead heading into the final quarter.

Ingram’s Cameron Carrington slipped through Sonora’s defensive line at the 9:33 mark on the clock narrowing the score 20-13.

Wrapping up the excitement, O’Banon sprinted 28 yards down the field for the final touchdown of the night. Gonzalez made good on the conversion and the Broncos took the 28-13 win over Ingram.

Sonora had 230 yards offense on 39 attempts and 5.9 yards per rush. Ingram had 121 yards on the night.

The Broncos lost 33 yards on 3 penalties. The Warriors gave up 80 yards on 12 penalties.

Sonora (2-4, 1-0) is scheduled to play Brady (2-4, 0-1) this Friday, October 16, at Bulldog Stadium. The Bulldogs forfeited their district opener against Ballinger due to positive COVID-19 results.

However, this week’s game between Sonora and Brady is on, according to Sherrill. And, the Broncos are prepared for the challenge.

“Even though they are coming off a cancellation due to COVID, I know that Coach Easterwood will have them ready to play. So, we are looking forward to a hard-fought contest.” Sherrill said. “I feel good about our upcoming contest and am just so proud of how our kids are responding after starting 0-4. We have kids with tremendous heart and character.”