Sonora’s Brock Aschenbeck breaks away from an Ozona Lion and sprint to the end zone for a touchdown in the third quarter of Friday’s non district match between the Broncos and Lions, August 30, at Bronco Stadium. The Broncos celebrated a 33-13 victory over Ozona - a good start to their 2019 football season. KIMBERLEY MEYER | THE DEVIL’S RIVER NEWS
Sonora’s Brock Aschenbeck breaks away from an Ozona Lion and sprint to the end zone for a touchdown in the third quarter of Friday’s non district match between the Broncos and Lions, August 30, at Bronco Stadium. The Broncos celebrated a 33-13 victory over Ozona - a good start to their 2019 football season. KIMBERLEY MEYER | THE DEVIL’S RIVER NEWS

Opening their 2019 football season the Sonora Broncos delivered a crowd pleasing 33-13 victory over their long-time rival Ozona this past Friday, August 30, at Bronco Stadium. 

Under the direction of Head Coach Kevin Sherrill this season, the Broncos executed a run oriented offense which proved to be a better fit for their personnel. In a pre-season interview, Sherrill said the style, different than the Broncos have used in past years, works better with this year’s players.

Additionally, under the leadership of Defensive Coordinator Keith Oldham, the Broncos demonstrated an aggressive 5-0 defense.

Indeed, the change was just what the Broncos needed to show fans and district opponents that they are ready for a good run this season.

Although he was pleased with the overall outcome of the game, Coach Sherrill said the Broncos still have some work to do.

Sherrill said his players got off to a slower start than he had hoped for and they made some mistakes costing them a few yards. But, he is confident that they will iron it out and be ready for the next match up, he said.

“We made a lot of mistakes. At the end of the night it was a win and that’s the most important thing,” Sherrill said. “We haven’t tapped into what we can do. 

The Broncos lost 80 yards on 9 penalties.

Ozona lost 35 yards on 4.

As for the errors on the field, Sherrill said, “If we eliminate mistakes, the defense is going to get solid. We are getting more solid every week. We are going to be a good team to be reckoned with.”

Senior Running Back Brock Aschenbeck led the Broncos with five touchdowns. Additionally, Aschenbeck rushed 306 yards on 23 carries, giving him special notoriety in Sonora football history.

Giving his teammates the credit, Aschenbeck said he couldn’t have done it without their help. 

“It’s all my teammates,” Aschenbeck said. “We’ve been working very hard.”

Although, the Broncos were a little slow right out of the gate, allowing the Lions to score first with a 36 yard run early in the first quarter, it didn’t take them long to gain the lead and eventual 20 point advantage win

Aschenbeck said that is something his team needs to work on before the next game.

“We have a lot of young, inexperienced players, he said. “So, they still have to get the gist of how this game really works. But, they will grow and we are going to have a good season.” 

As for what they need to do to correct their mistakes and avoid penalties, Aschenbeck’s answer was, “A lot more gassers.”

It wasn’t until the second quarter that things finally started to click and Aschenbeck made a 17 yard run crossing the goal line at the 7:48 mark putting the Broncos on the scoreboard. It was his first of five TDs in Friday’s game.

The kick went a little sideways, putting Sonora one point behind the Lions 6-7.

Sonora fans were on their feet cheering, “Go Defense! Go Defense!”

The defense stepped up and Aschenbeck crossed the end zone a second time with a little over 3 minutes left in the second quarter pushing Sonora ahead. They were not successful in their attempt at a 2 point conversion. However, the Broncos celebrated a 5-point lead over the Lions with time on the clock.

Aschenbeck’s determination to continue lighting up the scoreboard was evident. With just 49 seconds left on the clock, he broke away and sprinted 82 yards to find paydirt for the third time notching the score 20-7. 

This put Sonora in a comfortable lead over Ozona.

On the sideline, Coach Sherrill turned to his players, jumping with excitement and yelled, “They don’t want it anymore! They don’t want it anymore!”
Knowing his team was fully prepared to continue the momentum and looking at the clock wind down, Coach Sherrill added, “We don’t need a half time. We are on a streak!” 

Yet, with the sound of the buzzer and blow of the referees whistle, both teams headed to the locker room. The score was 20-7 in favor of the Broncos.
Returning to the field, the Lions scored their second TD at the 8:01 mark on the clock. They didn’t make the extra point but narrowed the score 20 to13. This would be the last time for the night that the Lions crossed the end zone.

Aschenbeck found paydirt for the fourth time at the 1:57 mark in the third quarter. The score was 27-13.

Minutes into the fourth quarter, Ozona’s side of the field suddenly went dark.

The 20 minute delay gave both teams time to catch their breath. 

As soon as the game resumed the Broncos were back in action. 

With the help of the defense, Aschenbeck scored his fifth TD on an 18 yard run with 7:40 left on the clock. Again, there was no extra point with the kick. None the less, Sonora went on to claim the victory over Ozona with a final score of 33-13.

Next, the Broncos will be on the road to Lamesa to play their second non district game this season. They will be looking to keep their streak alive as they take on the  Golden Tornados Friday, September 5, in Lamesa. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m.

Everyone is encouraged make the trip, fill the stands and cheer.

 

SCORE BY QUARTER

SONORA           00-20-07-06=33

OZONA              07-00-06-00=13

FIRST QUARTER
OZONA — Alec Lara 36 yd run, (Dominguez kick), 5:28

SECOND QUARTER
SONORA — Brock Aschenbeck 17 yd run (NO PAT),  7:48
SONORA — Brock Aschenbeck 26 yd run (NO PAT),  3:17

SONORA — Brock Aschenbeck 82 yd run (2 pt),  :49

THIRD QUARTER
OZONA — Abraham Rodriguez 1 yd (PAT GOOD),  8:05 SONORA — Brock Aschenbeck 17 yd run (PAT GOOD),  1:57 

FOURTH QUARTER
SONORA — Brock Aschenbeck 18 yd run (PAT GOOD),  7:40

INDIVIDUAL STATS
RUSHING: 
SONORA – Brock Aschenbeck 23-306, Wilson Johnson 7-31, Sean Mungia 2-31, Oscar Gutierrez 3-6, Preston Gonzales 11-16
OZONA – Alex Lara 9-33, Abraham Rodriguez 10-19, Zachary Talamantez 2-6, Aiden Fuentes 1-3, Lozaro Rodriguez 1-1, Joe Perez 2 (-7)
PASSING:
SONORA – Preston Gonzale 1-1 for 34
OZONA – Alex Lara 16-24 for 194, Joe Perez 2-2 for -5
RECEIVING: 
SONORA – Aldo DeLuna 1-34
OZONA – Joe Perez 7-125, Jose Dominguez 2-33, Zachary Talamantez 2-26, Jacob Childress 2-7, Jaden Fay 1-4, Lozaro Rodriguez 1-2, Abraham Rodriguez 1 (-3), Alex Lara 2 (-5)
DEFENSE:
SONORA – Brock Aschenbeck 4 Tkl, Gavin Boggs 4 Tkl, 2 sack, Davien Vasquez 3 Tkl, Wilson Johnson 2 Tkl, Aldo DeLuna 2 Tkl, 2 seck, Preston Gonzalez 1 Tkl, Oscar gutierrez, 1 Tkl, Tully Flanagan 1 Tkl, Alex Nino 1 Tkl
OZONA – Zachary Talamantez 1 Tkl, Jacob Childress 1 Tkl