PREVIEW: Sonora and Forsan Battle for First Place in District


SONORA – The Sonora Broncos are facing off against the Forsan Buffaloes this Friday and with some points and help, can end up first in district.

Last week, the Broncos beat the Christoval Cougars 30-6 at Jack Pardee Stadium and the three-headed monster had themselves a game. The trio of Jamie Buitron, Hunter O’Banon, and Edgar DeLuna had 318 yards and four touchdowns on the ground. The Forsan Buffaloes beat up on the Ozona Lions 47-14 and six different players scored. Most of the Buffaloes damage came on the ground to the tune of 412 rushing yards.

This week, for Sonora to be the first seed heading into the playoffs, they need to win by 11 points and have Reagan County lose. They still need the victory to share the district championship.

Quarterback Jamie Buitron has had a great season throwing 67 completions on 120 attempts for 1,196 yards, 12 touchdowns, and seven interceptions. Buitron leg’s are deadly weapons and he’s taken 126 rushing attempts for 1,366 yards and 17 touchdowns. His partner-in-crime, Hunter O’Banon, who is healthy again, had taken 139 carries for 1,029 yards and seven touchdowns.

The Swiss army knife, Edgar DeLuna, has 32 carries for 444 yards, two touchdowns, and has 13 receptions for 357 yards and six scores. Jonah Galvan is the go-to guy for Buitron and has 18 receptions for 242 yards and two touchdowns. Cason Griffith, Juan Castillo, and O’Banon have 340 yards and four scores combined.

On defense we find DeLuna again with 146 total tackles, 19 for loss, two interceptions, and a caused fumble. Damian Reyes and Buitron make it dangerous to throw as they both have four of Sonora’s 14 total interceptions. Reyes also has 10 passes defended.

Sonora could probably stand to get to the quarterback a little more as they have six sacks on the season. The Broncos do, however, turn up the pressure on opposing signal callers with 45 quarterback hurries.

Forsan is near perfect on the season so far going 8-1 overall and 4-0 in district. The Buffaloes are playing really good on defense and have only given up 85 points all season which is an average of 9.5 points per game. In four district games, they’ve only given up 27 which is less than seven points per game.

The Buffaloes like to run the ball more than throw it and have 2,371 rushing yards to prove it. Running back Kevin Kilgora has 976 yards on 126 attempts and 11 touchdowns. Expect DeLuna to get acquainted early on. Quarterback Cade Wallis is a distant second with 397 rushing yards and five scores and Sophomore Huston Stockton is next in line with 296 yards and six touchdowns. Yandell Melendez and Grant Roman have 198 and 193 yards respectively.

Bryson Kinsey is Wallis’ guy out wide with 19 receptions, 173 yards, and one touchdown. Sonora’s Buitron, Reyes, and DeLuna will make it difficult for Wallis to throw much.

Regardless of points, the goal of the game is to win, and Sonora is peaking at the right time. Bronco’s Head Coach Blake Weston knows this one will be physical and sees a lot of Christoval in Forsan in the style of football they like to play. The Buffaloes are big up front and like the ball.

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